Man found guilty in Genoa Township extortion, home invasion
A New Jersey man was sentenced to prison Monday after a Delaware County jury found him guilty of invading a Genoa Township home with another accomplice last February and holding the homeowner at gun point.
Felix Maurent, 33, of Jersey City was sentenced to 13 years in prison. A jury on July 12 found Maurent guilty on all counts, including two counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of kidnapping — all with gun specifications and three counts of extortion.
According to Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Carol O’Brien, at about 8:45 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2011, two men knocked on the door of a Genoa Township home and identified themselves as “agents.” After the homeowner denied them entrance, one of the suspects flashed a badge and the other a gun. The homeowner opened his door as they forced their way inside. The wife of the homeowner locked herself and her children in an upstairs closet and dialed 911. The suspects, one of whom was Maurent, held a gun to the homeowner’s head and threatened to kill him and his family if a pending civil lawsuit was not dropped. The two suspects then fled the residence through the back entrance.
There is an ongoing investigation in the identification of the second accomplice. Maurent, who has 30 days to appeal his sentence, will be under five years of post-release control following his prison term.