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Courts and Crime

Man Sentenced for Maine Home Invasion

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to serve six months in jail for his role in a home invasion in Maine in April.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Robert DeJesus Jr. of Southbridge, Massachusetts, was one of three men who entered an Augusta apartment looking for $20,000 in proceeds from illegal drug sales they believed was there.

The Kennebec Journal reports that his lawyer says DeJesus entered his plea under the Alford doctrine because he disagreed with some of the facts alleged by police but believed a jury would likely find him guilty.

DeJesus pleaded guilty to burglary, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal threatening, assault and impersonating a public servant.

Prosecutors say the three defendants wore masks and claimed to be police when they entered the home, and tied up two residents.