One of four teens allegedly involved in a serious property crime could be charged with two separate felonies, armed burglary and armed robbery. The defendant did not speak in court, so the judge submitted a not guilty plea for him and released him on a $2,500 cash bond. No information was listed regarding criminal defense attorneys for two other suspects who are in custody. The fourth individual is a juvenile.
According to law enforcement personnel, the four individuals held the residents of a home at gunpoint while they took money, drugs and electronic equipment. A grade-school child was present during the incident. The suspect, along with the others who were involved, uses the moniker "The Get-Money Boys" as a gang name. One of their goals is to steal from known drug dealers.
A case investigator claimed that conversations with an informant led them to one suspect, which then eventually led them to the defendant. According to the informant, the defendant went into the home, took a firearm and tried to sell the gun.
The other two suspects also face charges in the case. One of them has been charged in another property crime that occurred in November 2012.
In a case involving several suspects and confidential informants, it can be difficult to determine the participation and involvement of each person in the case. A criminal defense attorney will try to protect the rights of clients. Lawyers may attempt to negotiate with police and the prosecution to reduce charges or request that they be completely dismissed.
Source: Wxow.com, ""Get Money Boy" headed to trial on robbery charges," Kristen Barbaresi, Dec. 4, 2012