By Michael Campbell News Editor
SUSSEX – Three men who broke into a pair of Sussex homes, prompting children inside one of the homes to flee out a window into the waiting arms of law enforcement, entered pleas last week in connection with the Summer 2016 crimes.
Randi Hios, Matthew Colburn and Michael Powell pled guilty to a number of charges in Sussex County Court last week, with the trio now awaiting sentencing for their crimes.
In early August of last year, Sussex County deputies said the three men broke into the a home near Baxter Road, stealing items and stashing them inside their vehicle before moving on to another home.
As Sussex authorities investigated the first home invasion, dispatchers received an emergency call from another home nearby from children living inside as the suspects ransacked the home. Deputies raced to the scene and were able to reach the children and pull them out of a bedroom window to safety.
Hios, Colburn and Powell later fled in their vehicle before being spotted by deputies, leading to them fleeing their car on foot, venturing into nearby woods, which prompted a multi-jurisdictional search that involved several local agencies and the Virginia State Police.
In the days following the incident, the three men were eventually taken into custody.
During court last week, Hios pled guilty to two counts of grand larceny, entering a dwelling during the day, and causing damage to property, while one count of breaking and entering and a pair of intentional damage charges were dismissed.
In his appearance, Colburn also pled guilty to two counts of committing grand larceny, along with a single count of entering a home to commit larceny and damage to property. Prosecutors dropped an additional charge of entering a home to commit larceny and a pair of destruction of property charges.
Similar to his two counterparts, Powell pled guilty to a single grand larceny charge, along with a single count each of possession of stolen property, breaking and entering and damage to property. In similar fashion to Colburn, two counts of destruction of personal property were dismissed, along with a single county of drug possession.
The three suspects remain behind bars at Sussex County Jail.