CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The two men suspected of robbing 101-year-old veteran James Sorrentino had their first day in court on Tuesday.
It was Memorial Day weekend when two men broke into Sorrentino's home in the middle of the night in Carson City. The wheel-chair bound veteran lives alone, and has a caretaker 24 hours a day. He said the robbers held the caretaker at gun point, and demanded access to a safe he did not have. So they took $30, a watch and a pocketknife.
Now, their crime has caught up to them in a court of law. Jordan Burkhart, 24, of Wellington did not hesitate to plead guilty for a Class B Felony charge of Robbery against a Person over 60 years old. It is a charge that carries up to a total sentence of 35 years in prison.
His co-conspirator, Robert Hernandez, 27, is facing the same charge, but had a more difficult time entering his plea. He paused before saying "guilty," and avoided eye contact with the judge.
The judge did not accept the plea, and Hernandez will have a hearing next week to accept a plea deal, or move on to trial. Should Hernandez go to trial, it will be scheduled within 60 days.
Burkhart, having given up his right to a trial by jury, will be sentenced in late August.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger said in Nevada, only one enhancement can be applied to a complaint, and he had to choose between Use of a Deadly Weapon, or the Elderly enhancement. "The victim in this case is over 100-years-old. He's a veteran. It clearly was the enhancement for the crime that really is the reasonable one."