A young man with no prior record appeared frightened and soft-spoken when he pleaded guilty to armed robbery Tuesday in York County Court, according to a county prosecutor.
But justice demanded a state prison sentence anyway, senior deputy prosecutor RJ Fisher said.
Trevor Markel Jones, 20, a Pittsburgh resident who was living in York prior to his arrest, was sentenced to 2-1/2 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of robbery, records state.
"For a kid who has zero (criminal record), that's a tough sentence," Fisher said. "But it's not unwarranted under these circumstances."
"He's a good kid," defense attorney Dawn Cutaia said. "He takes full responsibility for what he did, and he feels horrible about it."
Gun, knife: Jones was 18 when he forced his way into the North Main Street apartment of a Red Lion man and his 19-year-old daughter about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 2012, and confronted them with a knife in one hand and a gun in the other, records state.
The gun turned out to be a BB gun that looked like a real gun, according to Fisher.
"But obviously the victims didn't know that at the time," he said.
Jones ordered the young woman to find tape to bind her father with, but she was unable to find any, documents state.
Threats made: Jones demanded money or valuables and, while still pointing the gun at them, threatened to shoot father and daughter, police said.
He ordered them to lead him upstairs, where he told them he was looking for something of his that had been left there, documents state.
Jones believed someone dropped his identification card in the victims' apartment while it was being burglarized two days before the home-invasion robbery, according to court documents.
The victims later told police it appeared Jones realized his ID wasn't there and said it seemed like he was planning to leave. That's when police arrived.
Interrupted: During the home invasion, a downstairs neighbor heard what was going on and called 911, police said.
Arriving York Area Regional police officers entered the victims' apartment and arrested Jones, records state.
He led officers to the young woman's bedroom, where he had hidden the gun, the knife, a black ski mask and a large bottle of lotion, documents state. His backpack, which was found on the back porch, contained three boxes of condoms, and he had two condoms in his pocket, police said.
Jones took off his mask and hid it and the weapons when police announced their presence in the apartment, documents state. The large bottle of lotion had been in his pocket and he hid that as well, police said.
No sexual offenses: Police never charged Jones with a sexual offense, and Cutaia said he never intended to sexually assault the young woman.
"The fact is ... he always told me he had absolutely no intention of doing anything like that," she said. "And he never made any statements to the victims that he intended to do anything like that."
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