Two teens plead not guilty to home invasion charges

 

Two teens pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Friday to involvement in a Grovetown home invasion.

Last month, a Columbia County grand jury had indicted Mario Levache Jones Jr., 17, of Augusta, and Nicholas Dwight Blodgett, 17, of Grovetown, for burglary, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Jones and Blodgett are accused of an armed home invasion Oct. 31 on Lake Royal Drive along with Jermaine Marcell Jones Jr., 14, Antonio Marquette Davis, 15, and Zion Howard, 11, all of Augusta. The younger suspects were charged with the same crimes as Mario Jones and Blodgett.

Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan sentenced the three younger juveniles Nov. 19. Jermaine Jones and Davis, who also faced a charge of theft by receiving stolen property, received the maximum sentence of five years in confinement. They can be transferred from a youth detention facility to an adult prison at age 17 or 18, Flanagan said.

Flanagan remanded Howard to the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Jus­tice, which will evaluate him and decide whether to hospitalize Howard or keep him in confinement.

Blodgett is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $90,200 bond, and Mario Jones is being held on a $85,300 bond, according to jail records.

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