Two suspects have entered plea agreements in a Charlottesville attempted robbery case where the victims fought back.
Gerald Allen, Jr. and Johnny Calderon, Jr. both pleaded guilty to two charges - attempted robbery and using a firearm during the crime - in Charlottesville Circuit Court Friday.
The commonwealth's attorney agreed to drop the other charges both men were facing in exchange for their cooperation finding a third suspect in the case.
In court, both sides agreed upon and described the crime as follows: Allen, Calderon and a third suspect attempted to rob a group of young men outside a home along Fontaine Avenue. The men fought back and restrained Allen and Calderon until police could arrive. During the struggle, an unloaded pistol was knocked from Calderon's grip.
The third suspect grabbed the gun, loaded it, and ran off.
Investigators believe the trio of suspects may have been involved in a theft at the same home the day before. Neither Allen nor Calderon will face charges for that in exchange for their cooperation as part of the plea agreement.
Both Allen and Calderon will be back in court for sentencing April 29.
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