Teen sentenced for home invasionsPublished 10:42am Thursday, February 25, 2010
By AARON MUELLER
Dowagiac Daily News
CASSOPOLIS – If Jose Coria doesn’t get his act together, he could land in prison as a teenager.
The 17-year-old South Bend, Ind., resident was sentenced to three years of probation and one year in jail in Cass County Circuit Court Friday for his involvement in a string of home invasions in Milton Township.
Coria pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree home invasion and larceny of more than $1,000 in December. Coria was one of a group of people who invaded three homes and stole more than $1,000 worth of property in September last year.
Stolen items included guns, computers and jewelry.
Prosecuting Attorney Victor Fitz said even though Coria is very young, the crimes were in no way childish and warranted a prison sentence.
“This is extremely serious, far more serious than he probably realizes,” Fitz said. “In situations where guns are involved, there is a high level of danger.”