By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com



MIAMI COUNTY — With the victim in the court room, the alleged ring leader of a botched home invasion last fall pleaded guilty in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

Eric Santos, 22, of Dayton, agreed to plea 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. He agreed to serve seven years on all charges with the state. He will be sentenced on Aug. 21 with Judge Jeannine Pratt presiding.

The victim and Santos exchanged words prior to the hearing before being warned for misconduct.

Santos was the fifth and final suspect who was wanted for his involvement in the Sept. 30, home invasion on North Montgomery County Line Road in Union Township. It is believed the home was targeted for narcotics. He was apprehended in the Bronx in New York City in December.

On Sept. 30, a Union Township homeowner shot and wounded defendant Keason Twitty during an attempted home invasion. The homeowner reported that a group of men kicked in the door of his house and shot at him.

Twitty was hospitalized after the homeowner shot back. He has appeared in court in a wheelchair.

The following co-defendants in the case have had their sentences continued pending the outcome of Santos’ case:

James Benton, 24, address unknown, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony aggravated burglary with a gun specification, second-degree felonious assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary with a joint recommendation with the state.

Corey Dixon, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated burglary with a gun specification, second-degree felony conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and aggravated assault. As part of Dixon’s plea, a joint recommendation of seven years in prison was submitted to the court. Dixon is set to be sentenced on July 31.

Kristian Martinez, 23, of Phillipsburg, entered a plea of guilty to second-degree felony conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in the case. He was the driver in the incident. As part of Martinez’s change of plea, a joint recommendation of four years in prison was submitted to the court. Martinez could be eligible for early release. Martinez will be sentenced on July 28.

Keason A. Twitty, 19, of Dayton, entered a plea of guilty to first-degree felony aggravated burglary with a three-year firearm specification, first-degree felony conspiracy to commit burglary, and second-degree felonious assault. As part of Twitty’s plea agreement, the state has recommended a seven year sentence on all charges. Twitty is set to be sentenced on July 31.

By Melanie Yingst

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