Last of 5 men charged in Miami County home invasion, shooting pleads guilty

Eric Santos

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Eric Santos

The last of five men admitted his role in a September 2016 home invasion and shooting in Union Twp.

Eric Santos, 22, of Trotwood, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated burglary with a gun specification; conspiracy to aggravated burglary; and felonious assault. He was scheduled to go on trial next week in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

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Santos was among five men arrested in the Sept. 29 invasion of a North Montgomery County Line Road residence, during which shots were fired by the intruders and homeowner. The incident was believed to be drug-related, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the men, Keason Twitty, 25, of Dayton, was seriously injured. He pleaded guilty in January to felony charges. Co-defendants Corey Dixon, 18, of Englewood, pleaded guilty in April; James Benton, 24, address at large; and Kristian Martinez, 23, of Phillipsburg. The homeowner was not charged.

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None of the defendants have been sentenced. Santos is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21.

As part of the plea agreements, prosecutors will recommend seven-year prison terms. However, Judge Jeannine Pratt said she is not required to follow the recommendations and could impose longer sentences.

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