Reading Commons Home Invasion Trio Pleads Guilty, Will Avoid Jail Time

The three remaining suspects in last February's home invasion at Reading Commons pled guilty in Woburn Superior Court this afternoon and, despite the Commonwealth's recommendation, will avoid jail time.

Information issued in a press release from the office of Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone was used in this report. 

WOBURN—The three remaining suspects in last February’s home invasion pled guilty to multiple charges in Woburn Superior Court this afternoon, and, as a result, will receive no jail time.

Jason Molle, 21, of Stoneham, Garret Collins, 22, and Matthew Stratton, 20, both from Reading, pled guilty to charges of home invasion, armed robbery, conspiracy, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery and were sentenced to a total of five years in the Middlesex County House of Corrections, suspended for 30 months, and five years of probation, to run concurrent with the suspended jail sentences, according to the district attorney’s office.

“These defendants have now admitted to attacking and threatening the victim with a firearm inside the victim’s home before robbing him of a significant amount of money and fleeing the scene. These serious, violent actions remain extremely troubling to law enforcement and the Reading community and, due to their severity, we are disappointed that the Court did not see fit to incarcerate the defendants,” District Attorney Leone said in a press release. “I commend the work of the Reading Police Department whose investigation lead to the swift arrest and identification of the defendants and who continue to work tirelessly to keep their community safe.”

The Commonwealth initially sought a sentence of five to seven years in jail, to be followed by five years probation, but Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Gary Inge sentenced the defendants to 2 1/2 years for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and 2 1/2 years on and after for the assault charge. The men received five years probation, to run concurrently, for the other offenses.

The conditions of the probation are as follows: The defendants are ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victim or his family, ordered to remain drug free and subject to random drug screens, ordered to maintain employment or school, ordered to complete 125 hours of community service which must be completed in an education setting or teaching young people about the dangers of drug use, ordered to pay $800 in restitution to the victim, ordered to undergo any mental health or drug treatment as deemed appropriate by a mental health professional or drug evaluation, and ordered to sign any waivers or releases required by probation in order to enforce conditions.  

A fourth defendant, Quinlan Junta, son of “” Thomas Junta,  on Oct. 23 from undisclosed causes. 

According to Fox News, a lawyer for one of the defendants claimed Junta was the ringleader in the crime.

On Reading Police responded to an apartment on Archstone Circle for reports of a home invasion. Upon arrival, the police located the victim, a 19-year-old male, who had sustained an obvious facial injury. The victim told police that Junta and Molle entered his home and displayed a firearm. The defendants then proceeded to assault the victim and before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

The experience, understandably, left the victim shaken, and he told police that, following the incident, he waited a short period of time before going to the window and observing Junta and Molle leaving in a vehicle.

Molle was apprehended alone in the getaway vehicle a short time later at Summer Avenue and King Street in Reading.

Authorities immediately began an investigation into the whereabouts of Junta and obtained search warrants for Junta’s home in Reading. An arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 8 for Junta.

Junta turned himself in at the Reading Police Department on Feb. 8, and he and Molle were arraigned in Woburn District Court that afternoon, where District Court Judge Timothy Gailey ordered the pair held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. Collins and Stratton were at the victim’s home and left minutes before Molle and Junta entered the home. Collins and Stratton sent text messages to Molle and Junta detailing how they could gain entry into the home and instructed them to search the victims pockets and bag for money.

The defendants were on March 10, 2011. They were arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on May 17, where Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan ordered Molle held on $5,000 cash bail with the conditions that if he post bail he was ordered to remain on a GPS bracelet, stay away from all victims and witnesses in the case, must not commit any new crimes, refrain from the use of drugs and alcohol, maintain employment and maintain school. Collins was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail with the same conditions, excluding a GPS bracelet, as well as the additional condition that he must remain in a treatment program. Stratton was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail with the same conditions excluding a GPS bracelet.

peter lucci February 15, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Those apartments are actually located in Woburn, but you have to travel through Reading or Wilmington in order to access them. They are called Inwood West.
AnonLikeU February 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Nikki, yes, Archstone, now called Reading Commons, is exactly where you think it is. The complex you might be thinking of further up is Johnson Woods, a (very expensive) condo community. I don't think JW has very many problems. Maybe there's another complex up there that you are thinking of, I'm not sure though.
Dan February 15, 2012 at 09:07 PM
there's also a place called avalon on the other side of west st (towards wilmington)
Nikki February 15, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Thank you Donna, Dan and Peter. I will have to take a drive up there for a look-see even though all these complexes that have sprung up in Reading are unpleasant to see.
stones February 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Let me tell you all this right now, coming from a kid who recently had the honor in being a reading high captain, Sean Collins not only is a very respectable person, but could be the best thing that happened to the reading high program. I was one of the captains his first year as a coach, and he helped Mark Doherty tremendously. We did not have the best team in the world, but he helped us be 10 times better. he helped us grow as a team, and as men. there is no doubt in my mind that he is 100% capable of being the head coach one day because of his inteligence of the game AND HOW MUCH HE ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT THE KIDS. I had the honor in knowing sean for a very long time and he is nothing but a positive influence on every kid no matter what is said on this site. I am not even going to start on the 5 kids that have been so horribly spoken about because they deserve much better than are being represented. they made a mistake and should be given the chance to overcome it rather than rot in jail as some of you would say. may joey and quins souls rest in peace we miss and love you


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