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article imagePassing notes: Attempt to 'get stories straight' backfires

By Kirstin Stokes Smith     Aug 23, 2013 in Crime
Pensacola - Three men pleaded guilty Aug. 19 to Home Invasion and Armed Robbery after a court deputy found a damning note from one of the defendants. Seems one of the men wanted to make sure his co-defendant was on the same page about the details of Dec. 25, 2012.
Joshua Burgess, 21, Chaz West, 20, and Marquise Williams, 22, were charged Jan. 2013 related their alleged involvement in a Christmas Day shooting and burglary in Pensacola, Fla. During the home invasion an 18-year-old male confronted Williams, who allegedly shot him in the hand and foot. One of the other intruders was alleged to have also fired a gun that shot Williams in the stomach during the altercation, reports
Burgess, West and Williams were awaiting their trial when Deputy Joseph Kastor found the note in the jury box, reports
Based on the new information from the note, the co-defendants decided to plead guilty to the charges against them rather than continue to trial, Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.
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