Home invasion suspects enter pleas

Clockwise from top left: Jessie Dean Padilla, Christopher Lee Holder, Mark Michael McLennan, Chad Weitherow, Neil Murico Cannon,  Patrick J. Liewer Jr.

Clockwise from top left: Jessie Dean Padilla, Christopher Lee Holder, Mark Michael McLennan, Chad Weitherow, Neil Murico Cannon, Patrick J. Liewer Jr.

KINGMAN - Four Kingman man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in connection with three home invasions on March 15 and 16.

Jessie Dean Padilla, 22; Mark Michael McLennan, 18 and Neil Murico Cannon, 19; pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of kidnapping, two counts of burglary in the first degree, six counts of aggravated assault, three counts of attempted armed robbery, three counts of attempted aggravated robbery, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated robbery.

Christopher Lee Holder, 24, of Kingman pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of attempted armed robbery and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.

Each of the accused could face between five and 21 years in prison.

Holder's attorney, Shawn Hamp, asked the court to consider reducing his client's $250,000 bond. The next hearings for McLennan, Padilla, and Cannon are set for May 8.

Holder is charged as an accomplice in the case, Hamp said, and only drove the others to the house. He did not know what the others planned to do, Hamp said, and when he realized what was going on he left.

Hamp also pointed out that two other co-defendants in the case, Patrick J. Liewer Jr. and Chad Weitherow, had their bonds set at $100,000 and were more involved in the home invasions than Holder.

County Attorney Doug Camacho argued that the bond was set at the right amount for the charges against Holder. He also felt that the bonds set against Liewer and Weitherow may have been too low.

Judge Rick Williams agreed that the charges were severe, but felt that Holder's bond was set too high. He lowered the bond to $125,000.

The next hearing for Holder is set for May 1.

An additional charge of aggravated assault was also filed against Liewer, 18, of Kingman. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. He is already charged with seven counts of felony kidnapping, three counts of first-degree burglary, seven counts of aggravated assault, five counts of attempted armed robbery, five counts of attempted aggravated robbery, two counts of armed robbery and one count of unlawful flight.

Liewer's attorney, Vincent Iannone, also asked the court to reduce the bond on his client.

Williams denied the request.

Liewer's next hearing is set for Friday.

An additional felony charge of aggravated assault and five counts of endangerment have been filed against Weitherow. He will enter his plea against the new charges on Friday.

Liewer could face between five and 21 years on each charge.

Weitherow is currently charged with seven felony counts of kidnapping, seven counts of aggravated assault, three counts of first-degree burglary, five counts of attempted armed robbery, five counts of attempted aggravated robbery, three counts of misconduct with a weapon, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of arson of an occupied structure and one count of criminal damage.

Weitherow could face between 10 and 28 years in prison for each charge.