Grass Valley home invasion case advances closer to trial
A Nevada County judge on Wednesday found enough evidence in a Grass Valley home invasion case to send four men closer to trial, a prosecutor said.
Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven ruled that Alton Edmondson, 38, of Grayson, Georgia; Christopher Mapp, 30, of Antelope; Giovannie Morrison, 37, of Roseville; and Lorne Scott, 32, of New York City, could proceed toward trial on charges of home invasion robbery, first-degree residential burglary and assault with a semi-automatic firearm, Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh said in an email.
The judge also determined one of the men had a deadly weapon, and that Scott used a firearm during the Nov. 27 home invasion of a Pleasant Street home, the prosecutor added.
Those determinations could affect the men’s potential sentences.
According to Grubaugh, Edmondson and Mapp face a maximum of 12 years’ imprisonment if convicted on all counts. Morrison faces a 14-year maximum sentence, and Scott a 22-year maximum.
All four men have pleaded not guilty. A trial date hasn’t been set.
Authorities claim the men broke into a home after arranging to buy marijuana. Instead they robbed the victims, tied up a 4-year-old child and fled with 97 pounds of suspected pot.
Defense attorneys have disputed whether a child was bound.
Placer County deputies arrested the men in Auburn, finding two loaded pistols in one of their cars, reports state.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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