Grass Valley home invasion case advances closer to trial | TheUnion.com

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 ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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