Roberts pleads guilty in home invasion

Published 10:24 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One of the two men charged in a robbery and home invasion has pled guilty while the trial of another has been continued.

The scheduled two-day trial of Alex Leon Roberts and William Morris Harris was set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. They both faced three felony charges — robbery of a residence, use of a firearm while committing a felony and nonviolent possession of a gun by a felon, according to the Virginia Courts Case Information database.

According to Charlotte County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Green, Roberts appeared in the Charlotte County Circuit Court Tuesday and pled guilty to the robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon charges.

“Pursuant to a plea agreement entered in that case, he received 30 years with 26 years suspended on the robbery charge and five years with three years suspended on the felon in possession of a firearm (charge),” said Green in an email.

He said Roberts will serve an active sentence of six years with 29 years suspended. Two of his six active years were the minimum mandatory sentence, Green said.

“The suspended portion of his sentence is on conditions of 35 years good behavior and five years supervised probation upon release and no contact with the victim of the robbery offense.  He was further ordered to make restitution to the victim,” said Green.

Harris’ case was continued due to illness and unavailability of his defense attorney, according to Green. The trial was rescheduled for April 19.

Both allegedly committed the felonies on April 17. Roberts, a Charlotte County Court House resident, was arrested the next day. Harris’ arrest was delayed until April 27, according to the database.

The alleged home invasion took place on Staunton Hill Road in Aspen. At the time, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said the two fled the scene in a vehicle, which was met by deputies in the Phenix area. The two men then fled on foot, according to police.

Williams could face a similar sentence if found guilty.