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2nd suspect in violent home invasion pleads guilty

September 27, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The second of two Connecticut women involved in a violent home invasion in Massachusetts last year that included what the prosecutor called “torturing” the 71-year-old homeowner has pleaded guilty.

The Republican newspaper reports that 36-year-old Melissa Mimitz pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight charges including assault and battery on a person over 60. Her co-defendant, 29-year-old Lily Bodenlos pleaded guilty last week. Both are from Naugatuck, Connecticut.

Prosecutors say the women pretended to work for a cable company to gain entry to the victim’s Springfield home in August 2017.

They kicked the victim, threatened her with a gun, restrained her with zip ties and duct tape, pepper sprayed her face, and finally made off with $3,000.

Their lawyers blamed their actions on drug abuse. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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