- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Massachusetts men who police say were shot by a Connecticut grocer during an armed home invasion have pleaded guilty.

The Hartford Courant (https://cour.at/2au4FJr ) reports that 23-year-old Joel Matias entered the plea Tuesday in Hartford to conspiracy to commit home invasion. Twenty-year-old Derick Sarra pleaded guilty to the same charge last week.

The Lawrence, Massachusetts, men face at least 10 years in prison when they’re sentenced in October.

Police say Matias and Sarra threatened 46-year-old Juan Martinez with a gun at his Hartford home last September. His family was home at the time.

Police say Martinez pulled a licensed handgun from his pocket and shot Sarra. A violent struggle ensued and Martinez shot Matias. Matias and Sarra were hospitalized.



Martinez was found to have acted in self-defense and wasn’t charged.

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