A Norwalk man caught entering into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment through a window and stealing an iPad has been convicted of a felony crime.
Devon L. Payton, 22, of 4431 Gibbs Road, pleaded guilty to an amended count of burglary.
In May, a grand jury indicted Payton on charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.
He faced nine to 36 months in prison and a fine of $10,000.
Payton allegedly was caught entering into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment through a window and stealing an iPad.
Payton, who had planned to plead guilty but then had a discrepancy with the allegation, said that he “did not know that he wasn’t welcome in the house. We were still talking on the cell phone and everything.”
Payton’s attorney, David Longo, said that there was also a lot of “what belonged to who” after the breakup and that may explain the alleged stealing of the iPad.
“We bought things together. She bought things for me and I bought things for her,” Payton told Judge James Conway.
Payton said that it was untrue that he was no longer living at his girlfriend’s house where the locks had been changed.
“I was still living there but at that time I was staying at a friend’s house and I believe we changed the locks together,” he said.
He also told the judge that he would not have been able to come in through the window since the windows were locked.
Prosecutor Russell Leffler withdrew the plea deal, stating he wanted the case to go to court instead.
“Wait, I still plead guilty,” Payton said.
The judge, though, was unwilling to proceed because he feared the defendant would “make a decision because (he felt) pressured to do so.”
Following an afternoon recess and speaking with both attorneys, the judge allowed Payton to plead guilty. The defendant was willing to admit that he “entered into the premises without permission.”
As part of the plea deal, he would be convicted of an amended count of burglary, a third-degree felony, and could be released on bond “on the condition that you stay at the Teen Challenge group.”
The tampering charge related to Payton allegedly putting a marijuana pipe in his pocket, Longo said previously.
Teen challenge is a 12-month residential services program for all ages struggling with life-controlling addictions.
Payton will be sentenced Aug. 29.