A Columbus man has pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with a January incident in which he entered a man’s home with a gun.
Braxton J. Wooten-Sammon, 18, of Columbus, appeared Friday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court before visiting Judge Roger Wilson where he pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary, a second-degree felony.
He was indicted by a grand jury in February on charges of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. The burglary charge to which he pleaded guilty is a lesser-included offense connected with aggravated burglary.
The original charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal with prosecutors Friday. The aggravated burglary charge also originally carried a firearm specification that would have added additional prison time to any sentence he would have received.
Wilson accepted the plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. A sentencing was scheduled for July 11 at 9 a.m.
Another man allegedly involved in the crime — Mark A. Newkirk, 19, also of Columbus — was indicted alongside Wooten-Sammon on a charge of aggravated burglary in February and is still scheduled to stand trial to face that charge on July 21.
A criminal complaint, filed in Delaware Municipal Court by Delaware police, states that, on the night of Jan. 26, Wooten-Sammon, Newkirk and an unknown man were contacted by Tammy Hall and Jeremy Daughtery, the parents of two girls who had stayed the night with Wooten-Sammon and Newkirk at their Roth Avenue apartment.
The parents asked that the men bring the girls, ages 20 and 15, home to their residence at 193 E. Winter St., Apt. C, and said they would pay them $30 in gas money, police reported.
However, according to police, when Wooten-Sammon, Newkirk and the other man arrived with the girls, Daughtery met them outside and said he would give them $30 the following week — at which point Wooten-Sammon allegedly pulled out a black revolver and threatened to “blast” Daughtery.
Police report Daughtery then retreated into his home and Wooten-Sammon, Newkirk and the other man followed without permission, arguing about the money. During the argument, Wooten-Sammon reportedly punched a hole in an interior wall before leaving.
Both men were out on bail Friday.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.