LP home invader joins partner in prison

By JAMES MITCHELL

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — The second of two men who broke into a Lincoln Park home and exchanged gunfire with a resident will spend eight to 20 years in prison.

Justin Matthew Acosta, 18, pleaded guilty last month to armed robbery and first degree home invasion and was sentenced on Feb. 11 by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Craig S. Strong. Each count is punishable by eight to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors charged Acosta and Xavier Markese Jones, 21, with breaking into a house in the 1400 block of Fort Park Boulevard in November 2012. The two shot at the homeowner, and broke through a window to leave the house after the resident fired at the two. Police soon located the two on            Jones was sentenced last month to 13 to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in December to assault with intent to murder and felony firearm possession. Jones has absconded from parole in April 2012 after previous convictions for larceny and receiving and concealing stolen property.

      (James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)