Another Suspect in Cortlandville Drug Related Robbery and Assault Takes Plea Deal
One the five suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in the Town of Cortlandville back in October of last year has taken a plea deal in the case.
28 year old Crystal Drake of Syracuse appeared in County Court Tuesday. Drake pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy, she was facing a 21 county grand jury indictment in connection with the October 2013 break-in and robbery.
Back on October 4th, Drake along with 37 year old Adam Gregg of Cortland, 22 year old Dominique Coker of Syracuse, 22 year old Gennessa Thomas of Johnson City, and 28 year old Devon Williams are accused of entering an apartment at the Homestead Apartment Complex in Cortlandville where they physically assaulted a man and woman living there and then stole $3 thousand dollars in cash.
The suspects stabbed the woman several times in the back of her legs, causing non-life threatening injuries; the woman was also struck in the face several times as well.
The group is also accused of threatening to harm the victim’s 4 year old daughter.
During the robbery the suspects stole $3 thousand dollars in cash and the couple’s cell phones. The group fled the scene in Drake's vehicle which was later stopped on Church Street by the Cortland City Police.
According to statements to police the robbery was the result of a drug deal gone bad, the victims apparently had sought to purchase a quantity of cocaine from Williams, but later refused to pay for the drugs.
Prosecutors say Drake drove the car used in connection with crimes, she had a minimal role in the robbery and did not know about the planned robbery and assault. Drake has agreed to cooperate with investigation. In exchange for the plea Drake will be sentenced to a one year conditional discharge.
Gregg previously pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy in exchange for a 2 to 4 year prison sentence.
Coker is reportedly preparing to take his case to trial he faces a 22 count grand jury indictment including charges of burglary and robbery; in addition to assault, grand larceny, conspiracy, strangulation, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, weapons possession, and petit larceny.