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Home invasion defendant sentenced to 35 months in prison

By Staff | Nov 5, 2011

A third person accused in a 2009 home invasion robbery that led to a shootout with Cape Coral police at a local eatery was sentenced to prison.

Christopher Maurice Williams, 24, of Lehigh Acres, pleaded guilty Friday to burglary of a dwelling while armed with a firearm, as a principal. Williams was sentenced to 35.4 months in prison, followed by 10 years state probation.

“This was a solid resolution given the specific facts and circumstances involving this defendant,” Samantha Syoen, the spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office, said. “I can’t discuss the case further as we have one more defendant awaiting trial.”

If Williams violates his probation, he faces up to life in prison.

Assistant State Attorney Marie Doerr handled the case.

Defense attorney Joseph Cerino represented Williams.

Cerino did not return a message seeking comment Friday.

Williams was arrested and charged in January 2010 after police discovered that he had been actively involved in the planning and execution of the home invasion robbery that had happened a month earlier and led to the shootout.

In December 2009, four men broke into a Cape residence, then got into a shootout with Cape officers at the Steak ‘n Shake on Pine Island Road East when police attempted to stop their vehicle. One of the robbers, Tyson Lee Richardson, 21, of Lehigh Acres, was shot by officers during the incident.

The other three and Williams were charged with murder in his death.

Last month, Jarrett Delshun Mundle, 21, of 2729 Colonial Blvd., Apt. 206, Fort Myers, received 25 years in prison for attempted home invasion robbery possessing a firearm and 15 years in prison for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon possessing a firearm in connection to the case.

A jury had found him guilty in July of the charges, along with burglary while armed possessing a firearm. He was found not guilty of felony murder.

The sentences run concurrently, followed by five years probation.

Patrick Rhodes Nelson, 21, of 2160 Clubhouse Road, North Fort Myers, pleaded guilty in August to one count of first-degree burglary while armed possessing a firearm in an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office.

He received 10 years in prison, followed by five years probation.

As part of the plea deal, the state dropped three charges against Nelson: second-degree felony murder, attempted home invasion robbery possessing a firearm and aggravated battery with deadly weapon possessing firearm.

The last defendant in the case, Mike Borrell, 29, of 3463 C St., Apt. 815, Fort Myers, is facing the same four charges as did his co-defendants.

As of Friday, his next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 18.

On Dec. 20, 2009, police received 911 calls from a residence in the 700 block of Northeast 15th Terrace that three or four people had entered the home wearing masks. One person was struck in the head, and the intruders fired at least one round before fleeing, according to documents.

Responding officers observed a car fail to stop at a red light to turn right. Cape police tried to conduct a traffic stop on the car in the Steak ‘n Shake lot, and the shootout between the vehicle’s occupants and officers ensued.

Mundle and Borrell each sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Nelson was not injured in the shootout, and Williams was not present.