SOURCE: The Ledger
BARTOW — Like his younger brother before him, 18-year-old Julio Alcantara was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison Friday for two armed home-invasion robberies in Lakeland in 2016.
Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney ordered him to serve 34 years in prison — a year longer than the sentence imposed on his brother, Joseph, 17, in October.
In a statement to Abdoney during Friday’s sentencing hearing, Alcantara said he expected to serve time in prison.
“I understand that for what I did, I should actually do some time for it,” he said, “and I’m willing to accept that.”
He said he had been easily influenced at the time, and was weak-minded.
“I didn’t have the strength to say no whenever I needed to say no,” he said.
The two brothers and another co-defendant, Isiah Coffy, 21, of Lakeland, were convicted of forcing their way into the Cleveland Heights Boulevard home of Lakeland lawyer Chuck Chritton and his wife, Claudia, at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 7 and holding the couple at gunpoint while they took three televisions, other electronics, Claudia Chritton’s purse and the ashes of the family dog, Ginger, who had died about 18 months earlier.