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2 more plead guilty in deadly break-in

January 14, 1998

2 more plead guilty in deadly break-in

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two more guilty pleas were entered in Franklin County Court on Monday in connection with an armed burglary last April that resulted in the shooting death of a Chambersburg teen at a mobile home.

Tytus Taylor, 20, of 8719 Rowe Run Road, Chambersburg, pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in jail and up to a $25,000 fine, according to T.R. Williams, Franklin County assistant district attorney.

Amanda Colon, 18, of 7005 Hades Church Road, Waynesboro, Pa., pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary, a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to a $25,000 fine, Williams said.

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Last week, Anthony D'Ambrosio, 16, of 324 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, pleaded guilty to robbery, a first-degree felony that also carries a maximum of 20 years in jail and up to a $25,000 fine, according to Williams.

It's likely Taylor, who has a prior record, and D'Ambrosio, who had a shotgun when he entered the mobile home, will get a five-year mandatory prison sentence, Williams said.

Taylor, Colon and D'Ambrosio were the last three of six people to be convicted in the 3:30 a.m. armed burglary at the Sycamore Grove Road mobile home. Shot and killed in the break-in was Ernesto "Ernie" Casanova Jr., 17, of 95 Sollenberger Road, who was carrying a sawed-off baseball bat when he and two others entered the home.

Casanova was shot in the head by Daniel Alan Frazier, 18, who lived in the mobile home with his parents and younger brother. Frazier was not charged in the death, but was convicted of misdemeanor drug offenses after a police search of the home after the shooting.

Marcus Taylor and George Washington Jones, both of Chambersburg, pleaded guilty in September to robbery charges and are serving three-to-six year prison terms.

Michael Jett, 18, of 301 E. Queen St., pleaded guilty in November to a robbery charge.

The six planned in advance to break into the Frazier residence with the intent of robbing the family of money, valuables and drugs, according to court records.

The co-conspirators met at the Taylor residence on Rowe Run Road to plan the break-in, court records show.

Marcus Taylor and his brother, Tytus, along with Colon and Jett, served as lookouts while D'Ambrosio, Jones and Casanova entered the residence, according to court records.

Two of the suspects, Colon and Jones, allegedly drove to the scene.

Colon told police she drove to a location near the scene and waited for the rest to commit the offenses, court records show. She said she drove them from the scene after the offenses were committed, records show.

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