Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Man gets prison for home invasion
Other suspect is awaiting sentencing

by Rob Ireland

April 18, 2013

ELKHORN — One man has been sentenced to prison for eight years for his role in a home invasion in the town of Geneva. The other suspect is awaiting a sentencing and is facing a lengthy stay in a penitentiary.

The two men pointed a firearm at a woman while trying to steal drugs and money, according to the criminal complaints.

In August, a woman reported to police that two men entered her home on Snake Road and said “give us the weed” and “give us the money.”

On Nov. 6 the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed a felony charge of armed robbery against Fred J. Quirino, 34, of Pell Lake, and Thomas Morris, 25, of Delavan.

On March 19, Quirino was sentenced to eight years in prison and eight years of extended supervision. He also must pay $520 in restitution. Quirino pleaded guilty to a felony charge of armed robbery.

Morris pleaded guilty to a felony charge of armed robbery on April 4. When he is sentenced June 12, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 22 a woman reported that she was in her kitchen when she heard a door open.

The woman saw two men enter her home, one of whom was holding a firearm.

The man with the weapon pointed it at the woman and said “give us the weed” and “give us the money.” She was then told to go into her bedroom and empty her dresser drawers.

The woman reported that one of the men entered her son’s room.

On Oct. 30, police interviewed Morris, who admitted to being at the house during the robbery.

Morris told police that he entered the woman’s home with Quirino, and Quirino pointed the gun at the woman.

Morris said he went upstairs and stole a PlayStation, and when he returned downstairs Quirino was still pointing the gun at the woman.

On Oct. 24, the woman was shown a photo lineup and identified Quirino as one of the men involved in the robbery.

Morris, a registered sex offender, is awaiting sentencing on a felony charge of failing to maintain the sex offender registry.

The charge for failing to maintain the sex offender registry was filed Sept. 28 and he pleaded guilty to it Oct. 16.

He faces up to six years imprisonment for that charge.

He will be sentenced on that charge at the same time as the armed robbery charge.