A sentence of up to 62 years in prison awaits an Ames juvenile for his role in a two home burglary that occurred on an August night in 2018.


Luis Cruz, 17, pleaded guilty on Thursday morning for his role in two Kelley home invasions in August 2018. Cruz was one of the three men that allegedly broke into two homes, assaulted and sexually assaulted an 82-year-old victim, stole property in excess of $1,000 and a car.


Cruz will be sentenced to 62-years for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, willful injury causing serious injury, and second-degree theft, while Story County dropped first-degree sexual assault, operating a vehicle without owners consent.


Prior to his plead deal he was facing life in prison.


Apart of his agreement, Cruz, will testify against his co-defendants Manuel E. Balderas, 20, and Jacob E. Jiminez, 18, and will be sentenced after their trials are concluded.


Balderas is schedule to begin trial on Oct. 1, and Jiminez’s trial is scheduled for Dec. 3, and our both facing life in prison, Reynolds said.


“Violent crime will not be tolerated in our community and offenders will be held accountable,” Reynolds said. “I would like to thank the brave victim in this case and the Story County Sheriff and his office.”


On the Aug. 23, 2018, Cruz and his two co-defendants allegedly broke into a Kelley home just before midnight. The 82-year-old victim was sprayed in the face with a chemical that temporarily blinded her, and was assaulted on her face, and neck.


The victim also stated that she was sexually assaulted and had property in excess of $1,000 taken.


After fleeing the crime scene, the three men allegedly broke into a second home and stole property in excess of $1,500 and a 1998 Cadillac De Ville.