Former Greenwich woman takes plea in Darien home invasion
STAMFORD -- A former Greenwich woman charged in a Darien home invasion last year, along with other burglaries around the state, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that will send her to prison for eight years. She returns to Stamford for sentencing in mid-June.
Alexis Jordan, 23, of Hamden, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree burglary in return for the dropping of the home-invasion charge. Had she been found guilty of home invasion, she faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Supervisory Senior Assistant State's Attorney James Bernardi said he dropped the home-invasion charge after consulting with the 69-year-old owner of the home on Priscilla Road. Jordan, authorities said, surprised the woman after she stepped out of the shower and "swatted" her with a wooden jewelry box on the afternoon of Jan. 30, 2014. Jordan then ran out of the house and into a getaway car allegedly driven by her boyfriend, Michael Apuzzo.
Bernardi said the woman agreed with the plea deal and said the sentence was "more than sufficient" for her to feel that justice had been served. Bernardi also said the state Legislature expects prosecutors to exercise a bit of discretion when younger people are charged with some crimes because their minds may not be as developed as those of an older adult.
When Judge Richard Comerford asked Jordan if all of the allegations the state made against her were essentially correct, she replied, "Yes, your honor."
A plea agreement with Apuzzo, 25, also of Hamden, appears to be in the offing. He is currently charged with home invasion in the Darien break-in and in other burglaries around the state, including one in Norwalk.
After Jordan was led away in handcuffs, Apuzzo's attorney, David Marantz, told Comerford his client was close to a disposition and was granted permission to continue the case until May 6.
A few minutes after the two fled the Priscilla Lane home, they were pulled over by police in Noroton Heights, at which time Jordan admitted to going into the home, police said. Apuzzo's footprints were found in the snow next to a side door, his arrest warrant states.
Jordan admitted to police that the two have been breaking into unoccupied homes for some time, court records state. The burglaries have been committed in both Fairfield and New Haven counties.
When Darien police checked the New England State Police Information pawn shop database, they found that Jordan had sold merchandise to two pawn shops, pocketing $5,600 from June to November 2013, according to the arrest warrants.
Police learned that Jordan sold a Hermes watch and a David Yurman ring on Aug. 29, 2013. Investigators remembered that such items had been reported stolen on Aug. 25, 2013, from a home on Sunset Road in Darien.
Bernardi said the two other burglaries Jordan pleaded guilty to on Thursday occurred in Norwalk on January 20, 2014, and in Wethersfield on January 28, 2014. The two apparently had drug habits to feed, their warrants said.