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Man admits to invading home, pointing gun at woman

Man admits to invading home, pointing gun at woman


A man pleaded guilty to an April 2014 home invasion, during which he and two others woke a woman up and pointed a gun at her.

Emilio Emanuel Renova, 26, admitted to a charge of felony robbery in front of Yellowstone County District Court judge Gregory R. Todd on Monday.

Renova is one of three people charged in an April 15, 2014, home invasion.

A plea agreement calls for a 10-year sentence to the Montana State Prison with five years suspended.

Renova will be sentenced on July 6.

Charging documents state that Renova, Darren Whiteman and Angelica Marie Delao went to a Billings home, where the two men, armed with guns, broke in and robbed a sleeping woman whose 18-month-old child was in another room.

During the robbery, one or more of the suspects fired shots inside the house, court records state.

In a statement to police, Delao said she waited in the getaway car, but the woman in the house said three people broke into her home.

Whiteman pleaded guilty to the charges and is expected to be sentenced May 29.

Delao was scheduled to go to trial on April 6, but her charges were dismissed on April 3, court records indicate.

In an unrelated matter, prosecutors charged Renova with punching his pregnant girlfriend in the head on April 7, 2014, and then attempting to run her over or giving her reason to fear he was going to run her over.

After a two-day trial, the jury found him not guilty of trying to run over his pregnant girlfriend, whom he admitted to punching prior to trial.

District Judge Russell C. Fagg, who presided over the trial, sentenced Renova to one year in jail and suspended six months of that time. He also ordered Renova to pay a $1,000 fine and complete anger management classes.



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Chris Cioffi covers city news for The Billings Gazette in Montana.

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