Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 7:59 pm
EM man pleads guilty in home invasion death
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By Anthony Watt, firstname.lastname@example.org
A man accused of participating in a home invasion in which one of his alleged accomplices died has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced early in 2013.
Austin L. Spencer, 20, of 204 29th Ave., East Moline, pleaded guilty Friday to counts of first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to Scott County court records. His sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 10.
He and Marlon Navarrete, 19, of 1439 24th Ave. Moline, and Kenneth K. Duncan, 20, of 419 43rd St., Moline, were charged in relation to the death of Jonathan L. Workman, 20, of Moline, who was fatally stabbed Jan. 20, 2011, in the 2500 block of Crestview Drive, Bettendorf, according to authorities.
Mr. Workman and another man are believed to have forced their way into the Bettendorf home and fought with the occupants. Neil Fishburn, one of the occupants, was hurt by gunfire but recovered..
Mr. Navarrete allegedly was the gunman in the home invasion. Arrested last summer, he faces charges of first-degree murder, willful injury - causing serious injury, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit a felony and first-degree robbery, according to court records. An attempted murder charge was dropped.
Court records state Mr. Navarrete and three others, not identified, plotted to go to the Crestview Drive home to steal illegal drugs and/or money.Mr. Navarrete is accused of entering the home with another person who was armed with a blunt object, according to the records.
Once inside, they encountered an unidentified resident in the living room who "came at" Mr. Navarrete and told him to get out, according to the records.
Mr. Navarrete is accused of firing several shots and wounding a person in the leg. Mr. Navarrete then fled outside to where two people were waiting in a vehicle, and the three left the other person who had entered the house, according to court records.
That person died of wounds sustained during a fight, records state.
Mr. Navarrete has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors, records state, in which he agrees to cooperate in cases against Mr. Spencer and Mr. Duncan.He also will plead guilty to the burglary, conspiracy and willful injury charges.
In return, murder and robbery charges against him will be dropped and the sentence for the conspiracy charge will run concurrent to burglary and willful injury charges.A sentencing date has not been set, the records state.
A sentence for first-degree burglary can be up to 25 years; a willful injury sentence can be up to five years.
Mr. Spencer and Mr. Duncan were both arrested earlier this year. Court records indicate the case against Mr. Duncan is still pending for first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery.
All three men remained in custody as of Monday, according to the Scott County Jail. Mr. Spencer and Mr. Duncan were each being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond. Mr. Navarrete was being held without bond.