A man who broke into a Spotsylvania County home last year and held the residents at gunpoint while someone else rummaged through their property pleaded guilty to multiple charges Thursday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court.

Najuon Devon Courtney, 20, pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to induce false testimony. He will be sentenced June 21.

The latter conviction stems from recent recorded phone calls from the Rappahannock Regional Jail during which Courtney tried to get a friend to convince the victims not to come to court or to say he wasn’t the robber. He told the friend to promise them $200 if they said he wasn’t the intruder.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Jeff Adams, Courtney was wearing a mask and carrying a gun when he surprised the victims—a woman and her young adult daughter—in the bedroom of a townhouse off Lafayette Boulevard on Feb. 23, 2018.

While Courtney held the victims in the bedroom, at least one other person was downstairs going through their belongings. No other suspects have been identified in the case.

A cellphone, cash and other property were taken. It is not clear how the intruders got into the house.

Adams said the younger victim knew Courtney from attending Chancellor High School together.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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