MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three of the four men suspected in aBrooklyn Center home invasion have pleaded guilty to the crime.
Donte Lavell Devers, 30, of Brooklyn Center, Demetrius Eugene Larson, 30, of Fridley, Deandre June Jr., 27, of Robbinsdale and Tommie Relando Norwood, 31, of Minneapolis were charged with kidnapping, burglary and two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.
Norwood was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison on two counts of aggravated robbery. The kidnapping and burglary charges were dropped from the fall home invasion.
Larson was also sentenced to nine years in prison for aiding and abetting aggravated robbery. June is expected to get nine years in prison for first-degree aggravated robbery at his hearing on April 10 and Devers will have his pre-trial hearing on May 10.
Around 5 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2011, authorities say two men knocked on the door of a house on the 7000 block of Halifax Avenue North. When one of the residents opened the door, four men pushed their way in at gunpoint. One victim was hit on the right side of the face.
Meanwhile, a resident was able to slip into a bathroom and text his girlfriend, alerting her that a robbery was happening and to call police.
Police were then dispatched and surrounded the house.
The men held the father, his sister, her boyfriend and their 1-year-old child in the house and a five hour standoff ensued. The family members were eventually able to escape.
All four men were arrested and two handguns were found hidden in the house, the complaint said.