Home invasion suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge

By WEEK Producer

March 24, 2014 Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One of the three men who were allegedly involved in a string of home invasions last year plead guilty in a Peoria County Courtroom on Monday.

Stefan Crayton, 20, agreed to plea guilty to a single charge of residential burglary for the September home invasion at the residence of Doc and Mari Halliday.

In exchange, Crayton's other charges are to be dropped and he would be sentenced to no more than 12 years in prison and to not be charged in any other crimes involving Blair Johnson and Perry Rosetto.

Peoria County Circuit Judge Kevin Lyons said that he had some trepidation about approving the plea agreement. He told both parties that he is concerned about barring the state from charging Crayton for the other home invasions.

Crayton is set to be sentenced on July 16. If Lyons decides on that date not to approve the deal, Crayton will be allowed to retract his plea and stand trial.

Rosetto and Johnson are both scheduled to stand trial later this year. Last week, Rosetto dropped the second attorney assigned to his case and decided to represent himself.