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Sentencing delayed for July home invasion

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:44 am, Fri Feb 3, 2012.

Two young men convicted of a July home invasion robbery on Rutledge Drive that resulted in one man getting shot in the mouth had their sentencing delayed to Feb. 29.

Alexander Santiago, 19, and Justin Mancias, 18, appeared in court in Lodi on Wednesday, both facing prison time for an attempt to invade and rob a home on the 900 block of Rutledge Drive around 9:30 p.m. on July 28. They were convicted of the crime in December.

According to Mancias’ attorney Jeffrey Silvia, the sentencing was continued to Feb. 29 because Silvia did not receive and was not able to review a pre-sentencing report that was prepared by the probation department until Mancias appeared in court Wednesday morning.

“I did not have time to check the report for accurate information and I did not have time to discuss it with my client,” he said. “That was the main reason for the delay.”

Mancias faces 15 years in state prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, gang enhancement and armed robbery.

Santiago also faces prison time for assault with a deadly weapon.

On July 28, Santiago and Mancias forcefully entered an apartment on Rutledge Drive where Mohammad Awawdeh and another man were present, Lodi police said.

According to police reports, the home-invasion was part of an attempt to take narcotics that were housed inside the residence.

During the invasion, Mancias shot Awawdeh in the mouth. Awawdeh survived his injuries.

The assailants and victims were believed to have known each other, according to Lodi police.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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