Levy jury convicts woman for role in home invasion

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 11:04 p.m.

BRONSON — A Levy County jury deliberated for about an hour Tuesday before finding a Volusia County woman guilty in a home invasion robbery — a case in which she had previously entered a plea agreement.

Melynda Garrett, 27, of Holly Hill in Volusia County, is expected to be sentenced within a few weeks.

The home invasion happened on Dec. 11, 2001, off State Road 24 between Bronson and Archer. The victim told investigators a woman came to his door claiming her car had broken down. As he was opening the door to let her in to use the phone, two men rushed in with guns, tied up the victim with a phone cord and covered his head with a pillow case.

The woman held a gun to his head while the men burglarized the house, the victim said.

The two men, who lived in Bronson, were identified as brothers and entered plea deals in July 2002.

Lorentha Mincey, 39, identified as Garrett's boyfriend, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the home invasion. He previously served prison time for weapons and drug charges.

Kenard Mincey, 32, was sentenced to 15 years for the home invasion. His previous state prison sentences were for sex and drug crimes

Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan, who prosecuted Garrett, said she could be sentenced to life because the home invasion happened within three years of her being released from prison, where she had been serving time for robbery and drug crimes.

In 2002, Garrett accepted a plea deal that would have sent her to prison for 13 years. A judge later determined that Garrett's attorney was ineffective and Garrett decided to have her case decided by a jury.

"We counseled with her not to do that and we told her we would seek the maximum sentence if we went to trial," Bryan said.

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