MIAMI COUNTY — Co-defendants guilty of a home invasion were sentenced to seven years in prison Monday morning as part of plea agreements with the state in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Keason Twitty, 25, of Dayton, appeared in court in a wheelchair during his sentencing hearing. Twitty was one of multiple suspects reportedly involved in the armed robbery of a Union Township home on Sept. 30. During the home invasion on Sept. 30, Twitty was shot by the homeowner outside of the home on North Montgomery County Line Road.
The homeowner called 911 and said a group of men kicked in the door of his house and shot at him. It is believed the home was targeted for narcotics. The homeowner told deputies he got his own gun and fired back, hitting Twitty in the leg. Twitty was transported by CareFlight for treatment of his injuries.
“I apologize for what I did,” Twitty said.
Twitty added that he made a “poor decision” the night of the incident and that it was a “wake up call” for him.
Assistant Miami County Prosecutor Paul Watkins said that Twitty’s injuries from the burglary have made Twitty well aware of the consequences of his actions.
“This is exactly what happens when you rob a house armed with guns,” Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt said. Pratt said that Twitty and the co-defendants were lucky to have gotten plea agreements with the state, adding, “Don’t expect this court to give you the benefit of the doubt in the future.”
Twitty was sentenced to four years in prison for first-degree felony aggravated burglary and four years for second-degree felonious assault. While those two prison terms will be running concurrently, Twitty will also serve an additional three years in prison consecutive with those prison terms for a gun specification in the indictment due to guns being used during the burglary for a total of seven years in prison.
Corey L. Dixon, 18, received the same plea agreement with the state and was also sentenced Monday morning in Miami County Common Pleas Court to a total of seven years in prison. Dixon and Twitty will each then have five years of mandatory post-release control once they are released from prison. They each could be eligible for early release.
The remaining co-defendants have all pleaded guilty to their charges and are scheduled to be sentenced this month. Those co-defendents include:
• Kristian Martinez, 23, of Phillipsburg, entered a plea of guilty to second-degree felony conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in March. The plea was part of an joint recommendation with the state for Martinez to serve four years in prison. Martinez could be eligible for early release. The agreement also dismissed a charge of first-degree aggravated burglary.
Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 7. Martinez was released on his own recognizance.
• James E. Benton pleaded guilty to first-degree felony aggravated burlgary with a gun specification, second-degree felonious assault, and conspiracty to commit aggravated burglary in May. The joint recommendation with the state includes Benton to serve seven years in prison. Benton is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 7.
• The alleged ring leader of the home invasion Eric Santos, 22, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony aggravated burglary with a three-year mandatory gun specification, second-degree felony conspiracy to commit burglary, and felonious assault with a joint recommendation agreement on July 20. He agreed to serve seven years on all charges with the state. He will be sentenced on Aug. 21.
The United States Marshals Service apprehended Santos in New York City on Nov. 30.
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