No contest plea in Mount Shasta home invasion case

David Smith, Gatehouse Media California

Two remaining suspects in a Mount Shasta home invasion case were in court Tuesday, with one taking a plea deal and the other choosing to go to trial.

Juan Angel Vidano of Mount Shasta pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a home invasion robbery of a Mount Shasta home in February. He accepted a potential sentence of 20 years and eight months.

Deputy District Attorney John Quinn detailed the charges to which Vidano pleaded Tuesday in a Yreka courtroom, including robbery, dissuading a witness and involvement in a street gang, some of which were augmented by special allegations.

Judge William Davis, who oversaw the proceedings, told Vidano that a harsher sentence is possible at his judgement hearing, at which time Vidano could withdraw his plea and decide how to proceed.

As Davis read each charge against him, Vidano entered his no contest plea, subjecting him to punishment for the crimes without some of the same consequences that come with a guilty plea.

Vidano’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2014 in the Siskiyou County Superior Court.

An accomplice in the home invasion, Sundance Gonzalez, pleaded guilty to numerous charges in October.

A third man alleged to have involvement in the case, Marcos Fernandez, has chosen to exercise his right to a jury trial, where he will face a number of charges similar to Gonzalez and Vidano.

Davis set Fernandez’s trial date for Dec. 17 at 9 a.m., and the trial is expected to take three weeks.