16-year-olds sentenced as adults for home invasion.

August 16, 2016
Garcia with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Miguel Garcia with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — Two 16-year-old Georgia boys, who were prosecuted as adults due to the seriousness of their crimes, were sentenced in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Aug. 16, to one year in jail for third-degree home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen firearms.

Carlos Jesus Gomez, of 6454 Sage St., Doraville, Georgia, and Miguel Andres Garcia, of 3175 Medlock Bridge Rd., Norcross, Georgia, appeared separately before Judge Susan K. Sniegowski Tuesday.

Gomez and Garcia invaded a home last May on South Meyers Road in Pere Marquette Township.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got mixed in with the wrong crowd,” said Gomez’ attorney Karri Russell.

“While (Gomez) was in the car, he played an active role,” said Sniegowski, stating that he was the “lookout.”

Sniegowski told both young defendants that they need to make serious changes in their lives. “Mr. Garcia, you have to make a choice. It’s up to you to change. The alternative is what you’re looking at right now,” the judge said.

Both boys were ordered to jointly and severally pay $16,563.03 in restitution and serve three years probation. They both were given credit for 99 days served in jail.

Gomez, with his attorney Karri Russell.

Carlos Gomez, with his attorney Karri Russell.

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