Elkhart men sentenced to prison for Edwardsburg home invasion

The homeowner returned home to surprise the defendants.

Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — Two Elkhart, Ind., men will each spend two years behind prison bars for a home invasion that occurred in Edwardsburg while the homeowner was away.

Both Robert Goodwin, 20, and Paris Banks, 21, broke into a home at 67438 Ashton Road, Edwardsburg, on April 9, along with companion Deon Goodwin of Elkhart, who received an earlier sentence.

Assistant Prosecutor Kirk Metzger told Cass Circuit Judge Michael Dodge Friday morning that Robert Goodwin also has a home invasion charge pending in Elkhart County. Defense attorney Gregory Feldman asked the court to take restitution into account. He said nothing was taken.

Dodge noted the homeowner came home and surprised the threesome. “Police apprehended all three of you walking in a corn field from an abandoned vehicle. All three of you concocted a story that a drug deal went bad. I am shocked at this. Your own testimony is a lie or when you pleaded guilty, you lied under oath. You now admitted things in a guideline report.”

For home invasion conspiracy second degree, Goodwin got two to 50 years less 129 days served. For attempted home invasion second degree, he received 18 months to five years.

Banks told Judge Dodge that he grew up on the south side of Chicago and that he has changed his life around by getting out of Chicago. He said he now has his own apartment and a little girl on the way. “I want to be the best father I can be to my child,” he said in asking for probation.

Dodge told him, “It’s never too late to turn your life around. You will have to change the people you hang around with. You have a child to take care of,” he said before pronouncing two years in the Michigan Department of Corrections. He received credit for 129 days served and was fined $1,048 and $1,478 restitution. He was ordered to attend a special incarceration program.

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