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Man pleads guilty to home invasion robbery as jurors await trial's opening

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:44 am

A homeless man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning as the jury waited downstairs for his two-day trial to start in Allen Superior Court.

Mark F. Johnson, 30, had been charged with 10 counts – 9 felonies and one Class A misdemeanor. According to court documents the charges related to a home invasion and robbery in the 2600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. around 6:30 a.m. Oct 13, in which three people were tied up and robbed at gunpoint.

Johnson told the court that he didn't know the people he robbed and was extremely intoxicated at the time of the events. Johnson said he never would have participated had he known someone would be hurt. He said he had no idea the man with him was going to behave in the manner he did. According to court documents, Johnson and another man stole a laptop, a TV, some money and a vehicle.

Francis C. Gull, Superior Court judge, reminded Johnson that intoxication is not an excuse for being involved in a crime.

According to court documents, police spotted the stolen vehicle following an SUV. Police followed the car to Grayson Street where Johnson got out and tired to flee. He was arrested.

The 10 charges against Johnson were reduced through the plea deal to the first four counts: burglary resulting in bodily injury, a Class A felony; and three counts of robbery – defendant armed or bodily injury results to one other than the defendant, a Class B felony. Sentencing is scheduled for April 23.