NEW BRITAIN – A man involved in an alleged home invasion in January is headed to trial.
Domonick Christopher Mathews, of Newington, rejected a deal to plead guilty to two substituted charges, first-degree burglary and first-degree unlawful restrain for a sentence of eight years in prison, followed by eight years of special parole.
Matthews was initially charged with multiple offenses including conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit larceny.
If found guilty on the home invasion charge, Mathews could serve a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, state prosecutor Rick Mullins said during Mathews’ appearance in New Britain Superior Court last week.
Police said Mathews and a Dynell Cyrus Hall, of Hartford, and Deandre Lloyd Brown, of East Hartford, invaded a home on Stanley Street in January and stole a woman’s iPad, iPhone, four bottles of wine and a DVD player before fleeing.
The female victim told police that three males wearing black and white bandanas on their faces entered her home and rushed into her bedroom. One of the men pinned her down while the others stole items from the home, police reports said.
A trial date was not immediately set when Mathews rejected the deal. He remains in custody on $500,000 bond for the case.
Brown is due back in court on July 22. Hall is due back July 31. They both remain in custody on $500,000 bond.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.