Grass Valley home invasion case advances closer to trial |

Grass Valley home invasion case advances closer to trial

Lorne Scott

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 or call 530-477-4239.

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