One of the defendants in the 2018 home invasion in Kelley in which an elderly woman was assaulted pleaded guilty Friday and will face 65 years in prison when he’s sentenced.
Jacob Jimenez, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, willful injury causing serious injury and third-degree burglary.
In exchange for his plea, charges of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree theft, fifth-degree theft and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent were dropped. He also agreed to testify against co-defendant Manuel Balderas at Balderas’s trial, now scheduled for Dec. 3 in Story County District Court in Nevada.
Balderas, 20, has twice agreed to a plea deal but both times has backed out.
The men, along with 17-year-old Luis Cruz, were arrested this past summer and charged in connection with the Aug. 23, 2018, home invasion, where they were accused of assaulting an 82-year-old woman, spraying her in the face with a chemical substance, and taking more than $1,000 in property from her home. Authorities said they later broke into a second house, taking property valued at more than $1,500 and a 1998 Cadillac De Ville, which was found the following day.
Cruz also pleaded guilty and has agreed to testify against Balderas as trial.
Sentencing for Jimenez has not been scheduled. Sentencing for Cruz will be set in January.