3 take plea deals in Glenville home invasion
SCHENECTADY Three people indicted in what police called a home invasion in Glenville have all pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
• Damon Mosley, 24, of the New York City area, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree attempted assault, a felony. In exchange, he is to receive 1 1/2 to three years in prison, a sentence made longer because it is his second felony conviction.
• Edward Storms, 20, of Scotia, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, a misdemeanor. He is to get nine months in jail.
• The youngest of the suspects, Najahliek Edmunds, 17, also of the New York City area, pleaded guilty Friday to burglary. He is to be sentenced to six months in jail and could receive youthful offender status.
The charges stemmed from a May 30 break-in on Orlinda Avenue, prosecutors have said. The three intended to rob the resident of marijuana, prosecutors said, explaining Mosley and Edmunds entered the home and Storms helped orchestrate the crime.
The attackers fled without getting anything, as the victim fought them off, prosecutors said. The victim was not charged.
The incident began, prosecutors have alleged, as Storms set up a meeting with the victim at the victim’s home. When the meeting time came, though, Storms didn’t show up — Mosley and Edmunds did.
When the victim refused to let them in, they forced their way in, prosecutors said. One man hit the victim in the arm with a BB gun, causing a cut, while the other hit the victim in the head with his fist, ripping an earring out of his ear, prosecutors said.
Storms’ attorney, Michael Horan, said Tuesday it was clear his client was never in the house. Storms admitted to knowing what was going on, he said, though he said he believed the proof was thin on that.
Had prosecutors pressed for a felony plea, Horan said, the case likely would have gone to trial.
“I think it was a good disposition based upon what the facts were,” he said.
Prosecuting the case for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office was Laurie Cummings.
All three suspects originally faced felony counts of burglary, attempted robbery and assault.