AUGUSTA — A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Tuesday to being part of a home invasion April 1 in which he and two other men entered a Mount Vernon Avenue residence, apparently believing $20,000 in drug money was there.

Robert J. DeJesus Jr., 29, of Southbridge, Mass., was the last of the three defendants to plead guilty, and his attorney, J. Mitchell Flick, told Justice Michaela Murphy that his client was entering his pleas under the Alford doctrine because he disagreed with some of the facts alleged by police but believed a jury could well find him guilty.

“This is the kind of case I’d like to take to trial,” Flick said.

DeJesus pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to burglary, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal threatening, assault and impersonating a public servant.

He was sentenced to four years in jail with all but six months suspended and two years probation and fined $700.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt, said DeJesus made a full confession early in the case.


She said the three men came from out of state to try to rob some drug dealers. They entered the Augusta home shouting that they were with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, but they soon realized the person they were seeking, who supposedly had the money, was not there.

She told the judge the details about the case were complex.

“Two people were tied up, untied and even perhaps engaged in some drug use (with the trio), depending on which one you talk to,” Pratt said. About DeJesus, Pratt said, “He was there. He was involved. He was a part of the all-night activity in the initial attempt to get drug money from the people they thought were there.”

Flick, too, said, “There’s great controversy about what really occurred.”

Investigators later reported finding duct tape that was used to tie up people, as well as three black BB guns.

DeJesus has been held in jail for the past six months and was expected to be released on probation shortly after the hearing. Flick told the judge that DeJesus was hoping to transfer his probation to Connecticut.


He has a previous criminal record in Connecticut, Pratt told the judge.

The judge delayed imposing the sentence Tuesday until the prosecutor’s office assured her they had spoken to the victims that day about the hearing and that the victims approved of the proposed sentence. Once the prosecutor said they were contacted and approved of it, DeJesus, who was in custody, was brought back to the courtroom and the hearing was completed.

Joshua Krajewski, 25, of Thompson, Conn., one of DeJesus’s codefendants, was sentenced in early August to four years in jail with all but 115 days suspended, three years probation and $700 restitution.

The third man, Zachary Monahan, 26, also of Thompson, Conn., pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal trespass, and the sentencing on the charge was continued for 12 months under a deferred disposition arrangement. If Monahan successfully complies with conditions, he will be able to withdraw that plea and the charge will be dismissed.

At the same time, he pleaded guilty to criminal threatening, assault and impersonating an officer, all misdemeanor charges, in connection with the April 1 incident, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Pratt indicated that the victims said Monahan was the least involved.


A number of people were sentenced this week in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Vincent Bryant, 40, of Windsor, possession of sexually explicit material of a minor under 12 on July 23, 2012, in Winslow; four-year jail sentence, all but six months suspended, four years probation with conditions prohibiting possession of devices that can access the Internet and contact with children under age 16 except for supervised contact with family members. He was ordered to register under the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

• Daniel Joseph Couto Jr., 23, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release July 30 in Augusta; 15 day jail sentence.

• Jenna Elizabeth Gaudreau, 24, of North Monmouth, unlawful possession of scheduled drug May 30 in Augusta; 364 day jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation, $400 fine.

• Tori L. Gifford, 36, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer July 24 in Augusta; three year jail sentence, all suspended (to be served concurrent with a Cumberland County sentence), two years probation.

• Labrone C. Gordon, 38, of Bangor, domestic violence assault June 26 in Waterville; 364 day jail sentences, all suspended, one year probation.


• Raymond Anthony Hamilton, 25, of Waterville, theft June 24 in Waterville; 30 day jail sentence concurrent with a probation revocation.

• Mary Henninger, 52, of Waterville and formerly of Fairfield, unlawful possession of morphine and operating while license suspended or revoked June 11 in Waterville; 364 day jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation, $650 in fines.

• Lance R. Huff, 38, of Burnham, criminal mischief April 16 in Waterville, 60 day jail sentence concurrent with a Franklin County sentence, $500 restitution.

• Lamar T. Mitchell, 24, of Bangor, carrying a concealed weapon Jan. 3 in Waterville; 10 day jail sentence.

• Gregory A. Packard Jr., 40, of Burnham, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and criminal mischief May 19, 2013, in Albion; 364 day jail sentence, all but 13 days suspended (credit for time served), and two years probation.

• Mark K. Perry, 48, of China, driving to endanger June 3, 2012, in Waterville; $575 fine, 30 day license suspension.


• Thomas J. Quinn III, 28, of Monmouth, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer June 16 in Augusta; 15 day jail sentence concurrent with two other sentences.

• Wentworth Fitzgerald Rhoden, 31, of Bridgeport, Conn., trafficking of scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture of property ($990 in currency) March 23 in Waterville; five year jail sentence, all but six months suspended, three years probation, $360 restitution.

• Tyler R. Shorty, 26, of Oakland, eluding an officer, unsworn falsification and driving to endanger Jan. 26 in Oakland; two year jail sentence, all but six months suspended, two years probation, $575 fine.

• Heidi L. Traxler, 42, of Augusta and formerly of Portland, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Feb. 6, 2013, in Augusta; 40 hours community service (already completed).

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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