A Tucson man was placed on three years’ intensive probation Monday for participating in a home invasion with two other men.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Jane Eikleberry cited Ernesto Adrian Guerrero Jr.’s age and lack of a prior convictions as reasons for not sending him to prison.
On April 15, three adults and three children were at a home in the 9800 block of South Agave Cactus Way when three men in black clothing entered about 2 a.m. They threatened to kill everyone if they didn't give them drugs and money, a Pima County sheriff's spokeswoman said at the time.
After being told they had no money or drugs, the invaders searched the house and took the homeowner's wallet and cellphone, the spokeswoman said.
Guerrero, Miguel Angel Soberanes, 41, and Daniel Alejandro Macias, 22, were arrested a short time later.
Guerrero, 23, pleaded guilty in October to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Defense attorney Douglas Taylor had asked Eikleberry to place Guerrero on standard probation, saying his client served more than three years in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged. Guerrero lost a good friend in Afghanistan and now suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome because of the time he himself spent in Afghanistan, Taylor said.
Soberanes and Macias are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 8.