Pleasant: Faces jury trial in Quincy next week.
TIME IS RUNNING out for Termass Pleasant.
His friend, Aaron Horton, was found guilty earlier this week by an Adams County grand jury of home invasion and residential burglary in connection with an incident on Koetters Lane in January. The two occupants said they were beaten with a pistol when Horton came looking for drugs, according to trial testimony.
Now Horton is staring at a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. Authorities say Pleasant was in the vehicle with Horton and another woman, Tiffany Robinson, who testified that Horton went into the house and Pleasant stayed in the car with her.
Pleasant, 27, is also charged with home invasion and residential burglary. His violent and troubled past puts him at risk for a long prison sentence if he goes to trial next week and is found guilty.
Pleasant was convicted in 2002 of burglary and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. He also has a 1997 juvenile conviction for aggravated battery and resisting arrest.
In July 2006, Pleasant pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with a house on Hamman Lane being entered. Pleasant claimed at the time his plea was a matter of convenience and he wasn’t really guilty, but he was still sentenced to four years in prison
The circumstances of the July 2006 case are, not surprisingly, similar to the January incident. Pleasant was accused of being with two other men who entered the Hamman Lane residence to steal money and cannabis.
But Pleasant might figure he has nothing to lose. After all, he was found not guilty in April 2006 by an Adams County jury of robbing the Ayerco convenience store at 12th and Koch’s Lane on Aug. 24, 2005.
He has a good attorney in Public Defender Todd Nelson. State’s Attorney Jon Barnard, who prosecuted the Horton case, says he’s preparing for trial.
We’ll see if Pleasant goes to trial or tries to work out a deal with the SA office.