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An Uncasville teen who was 16 years old when he was charged in a home invasion and robbery pleaded guilty Wednesday in New London Superior Court and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Shaun Jones, now 18, initially had been charged as a juvenile, but the case was transferred to adult court because of the serious nature of the crime.
His attorney, Linda J. Sullivan, said Jones’ mother died when he was 10, causing a lot of chaos in his life, but that he has grown up “a lot.” Jones earned his high school equivalency diploma in prison while his case was pending.
“I do apologize to the victim’s family,” said Jones, whose grandfather stood at his side. Jones will be on special parole, a strict form of supervision, following his release from prison.
According to court documents and testimony, Jones and Zachary Spurgas, 24, went to a home on Lake Drive in Montville to rob a 21-year-old of drugs or cash. Spurgas wore a ski mask and Jones wore a bandanna over his face and carried an air gun. They confronted the man and Jones struck him with the gun. The victim’s parents, awakened by noise, detained Spurgas. Jones fled and later was arrested.
Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and carrying a dangerous weapon. Spurgas previously pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced July 2.