Judge postpones sentencing in home invasion case

Thomas Henry Caison

WOODSTOCK — The sentencing of man who pleaded guilty to a charges related to a home invasion in Woodstock was postponed Monday.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp rescheduled the sentencing until Sept. 6. In the meantime, the defendant Thomas Henry Caison, 19, must participate in an evaluation to determine his eligibility for a youthful offender program that requires a four-year commitment and offers the possibility of early release.

During the sentencing hearing, Caison’s attorney, Caleb J. Routhier, asked that the judge give Caison an opportunity to prove himself in a halfway house after six months of active incarceration. Caison’s girlfriend, mother and 3-week old son were in court as Routhier argued that Caison has the motivation and familial support to turn his life around.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola argued that Caison has a lengthy record in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court that includes petit larceny, and that Caison has had plenty of time and opportunity to prove himself in the past but continued to offend.

“No matter how much Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court tried to help him, your honor, it did not stick,” Campola argued.

Routhier said Caison’s juvenile charges are all from the same incident where the defendant stole a sandwich while he was homeless, and the charges were not from a pattern as Campola suggested. Routhier also noted that Caison entered an Alford plea of guilty that allows him to maintain his innocence while conceding the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him. Caison insists that he was only in the house to get the co-defendant, Drago Lee Lockhart, away from the residence.

Lockhart is set to enter his plea to the charges from this incident on June 28 in the same court.