Two men who once faced multiple felony charges in a 2014 home invasion that led to police shooting a suspect pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday.
Devonte Jhaki Murphy and George Franklin Warnick III, both 22, were sentenced to five years’ probation with credit for time they’d already spent in jail. Each pleaded guilty to obstructing police, though Murphy’s charge was a felony and Warnick’s was a misdemeanor.
Murphy’s plea also resolved an earlier case stemming from a dispute with an ex-girlfriend, who told police he wouldn’t leave her Rosemont Drive home when she told him to. He resisted arrest, so officers forced him to the ground to handcuff him, then he tried to kick out the left rear window of a police car, damaging the frame, police said.
That was on March 20, 2013.
At 7:25 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2014, police were called to a home invasion at a 1026 Enoch Drive apartment, where resident Erwin Jenkins reported three men with guns had burst in and robbed him of cash. Before officers arrived, Jenkins left the apartment to search for the robbers’ getaway car, and later called police to say he’d spotted it on Stratford Drive.
As two officers approached the car on foot, the 2001 Nissan Maxima sped toward one officer as a passenger pointed a pistol, prompting Officer Ryan Vardman to fire his .45-caliber sidearm at the moving vehicle, which got away, investigators said.
Vardman shot Dimitrius Javan Perry in the shoulder, police said. Warnick took Perry to the hospital, where investigators caught up with the pair. Witnesses told police Murphy was among the passengers in the Maxima.
Besides Perry, Warnick and Murphy, authorities that day also arrested Khloe Simone Jackson, who was 16 at the time but at 17 now is charged as an adult. She is accused of setting up the robbery.
Before their guilty pleas, both Murphy and Warnick had faced charges of armed robbery, first-degree burglary and using a firearm to commit a crime. Murphy also had been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
Perry and Jackson now are set for trial on May 26. Both are charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary and using a firearm to commit a crime. Perry is charged also with aggravated assault on a police officer, and Jackson also is charged with interfering with government property, allegedly for damaging an electrical outlet in a police interview room at the Columbus Public Safety Center, 510 10th St.
Police said Jenkins, the victim of the home invasion, was not home when officers arrived at the Enoch Drive apartment. They found his front door open and went inside, where they saw marijuana in a night stand drawer in his bedroom. They arrested Jenkins, then 38, for possessing marijuana. His case remains unresolved.