NEW: Man Charged In Break-Ins Pleads Guilty
Defendant Broke Into Several Eateries
A Harrisonburg man charged in connection with a series of break-ins at local eateries pleaded guilty Thursday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
Ervin Guillen-Mendez, 18, pleaded guilty four felony counts of breaking and entering, one felony count of grand larceny and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.
As part of a plea deal, Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Guillen-Mendez to 16 years in prison with all but 1 ½ years suspended.
He was also ordered to pay $1,775 in restitution to the establishments.
The break-ins, which occurred in October, took place at the Ciro's Lasagna House on East Market Street and at four businesses on South Carlton Street: Arby's, Little Caesars, Dairy Queen and El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant.
Ervin Guillen-Mendez is the brother of Rosel Guillen-Mendez, 17. The younger brother is charged in connection with the July 1 robbery of the BB&T bank on South High Street in Harrisonburg.
Rosel Guillen-Mendez escaped from the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents in Staunton at about 6 p.m. on Dec. 29. He was captured in early April in New Orleans. He is awaiting trial in circuit court.
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org