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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Thu Dec 15, 2011.

Two young men charged with a home invasion robbery in July on Rutledge Drive that resulted in one man getting shot in the mouth could face multiple years in prison.

Alexander Santiago, 19, and a 17-year-old male appeared in court in Lodi on Wednesday, both facing felony charges of premeditated attempted murder and home invasion robbery.

However, prosecutors asked Judge Lauren Thomasson to dismiss two of the three counts against Santiago, ultimately resulting in him being sentenced on one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

As a result of the changes, Santiago — per the advice of his lawyer, Armando Villapudua — pleaded guilty to his charge.

Prosecutors also asked Thomasson to amend two of the three counts and reduce the state prison term sentence for the 17-year-old, who allegedly shot Mohammad Awawdeh in the mouth during the home invasion.

Awawdeh survived his injuries.

The 17-year-old, who currently faces 15 years in prison, could have faced many more years had prosecutors not amended his counts for attempted second-degree murder, gang enhancement and armed robbery.

Those amendments ultimately reduced his sentence, and as a result, he pleaded no contest to all three counts.

The boy’s attorney, Jeffrey Silvia, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

The incident took place on the 900 block of Rutledge Drive around 9:30 p.m. on July 28, when Santiago and the 17-year-old forcefully entered an apartment where Awawdeh and another male were present, Lodi police said.

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

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

The 17-year-old is scheduled to be formally sentenced Feb. 1, 2012 in Lodi.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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