ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - One of the suspects in a January home invasion in Horseheads has pleaded guilty.
Seventeen-year-old Zhamere Charriez pleaded guilty to 1st degree Robbery in Chemung County Court Thursday.
As part of the plea, Charriez waived his right to have his case presented to a grand jury.
As part of the plea deal, the Chemung County District Attorney's Office agreed to recommend Charriez be sentenced as a youthful offender. The District Attorney's office will also recommend he not serve any state prison time.
Charriez and two others suspects, Daiquan Bythwood and Drew Stansfield, allegedly forced their way into a home on Overlook Drive in the Town of Horseheads. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office says Bythwood was armed with a loaded .22-caliber rifle.
The Sheriff's Office says the homeowner was able to run to a bedroom and get a 12-gauge shotgun while his son fought with Bythwood. The homeowner reportedly shot Bythwood in the hip. The suspects all fled the home, leaving the rifle behind.
Bythwood was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and later transferred to Robert Packer Hospital.
Several days after the initial arrests, police also arrested Olivia Maycumber. She's accused of serving as the getaway driver. Investigators say she also allegedly tried to conceal evidence.
During Thursday's court appearance, Charriez told Judge Richard Rich he and the others were going to steal weed. He says he didn't know Bythwood had a gun. Charriez claims he didn't see the rifle until they were inside the Overlook Drive home. He admitted he was acting as the lookout during the incident.
Charriez's sentencing has been scheduled for April 6th. He remains free on bail until his sentencing.