Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 3, 2014

Man pleads guilty in Twin Pines home invasion


GOSHEN — One of the men charged in connection with a November home invasion in Goshen has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Antoine A. McDuffie, 21, Elkhart, pleaded guilty in Elkhart Circuit Court Monday to Class B felony charges of armed robbery, burglary, criminal confinement and conspiracy to commit burglary.

McDuffie’s sentence will be left to the discretion of Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker. However, McDuffie will have the right to appeal his sentence.

Prosecutors allege that McDuffie and four co-defendants, all Elkhart residents, took part in a home invasion at a residence in Goshen’s Twin Pines Mobile Home Park. The occupants told police that a handgun was brandished during the robbery. None of the occupants were injured, according to police.

In court Monday, McDuffie said the other people involved in the robbery were armed and masked, but he was not.

“The agreement was to go into a house and take something that didn’t belong to us,” McDuffie said in response to a question from Deputy Prosecutor David Francisco.

McDuffie is scheduled to be sentenced in Circuit Court March 27.