Two of three juveniles charged as adults in the sawed-off shotgun robbery of a 65-year-old Fresno woman pleaded no contest Friday in Fresno County Superior Court to a felony charge of home-invasion robbery.
In a plea agreement, Daniel Lucero-Baltazar, 16, also admitted to pointing the shotgun at the victim. He faces 11 years in custody, prosecutor Timothy Donovan said.
His accomplice, Federico Jaime, also 16, faces up to six years behind bars, Donovan said.
Criminal proceedings against a third defendant, Julian Oscar Hernandez, 16, were suspended Friday after his lawyer called into question his competency to assist in his defense. Judge Alvin Harrell III ordered psychiatrist Dr. Luis Velosa to examine Hernandez and prepare a report for a future hearing on the defendant’s competency to stand trial.
Lucero-Baltazar and Jaime will be sentenced Nov. 18.
Authorities did not hand out photos of defendants since they are juveniles.
Police say the victim was coming home from work on the night of April 20 this year when the three juveniles confronted her at the front door of her home at Senior Citizens Village on Chestnut Avenue near Fresno Pacific University in southeast Fresno.
After Lucero-Baltazar put a shotgun in the woman’s back, police said, the robbers forced their way into her home. Inside, they stole her purse, cellphone and other belongings, then ransacked the apartment before fleeing, police said.
A police helicopter crew directed patrol officers to the three suspects walking a short distance from the village. The officers found the boys with the shotgun, a knife and the victim’s property, police say.
A criminal complaint charged the trio with home-invasion robbery, false imprisonment with violence and assault with a firearm. If Lucero-Baltazar, who also goes by Daniel Lucero, had rejected the plea agreement, he would have faced a minimum of 20 years behind bars, if convicted. Jaime would have faced about 10 years behind bars. Hernandez also faces about 10 years behind bars if convicted.
The defendants are being held at the Juvenile Justice Center south of Fresno.