Man gets suspended sentence in Salem home invasion
BRENTWOOD — One of the three men arrested in a Salem home invasion that was spurred by a series of Facebook taunts pleaded guilty to burglary on Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Michael Fantasia, 22, drew a suspended one-year county jail sentence, which will remain suspended for three years. He will be on probation for two years, according to County Attorney James Reams.
Fantasia was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the case.
The deal allows Fantasia to avoid a possible prison sentence of up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison.
He was one of three men who stormed a Salem home on April 3, 2012, to fight Michael Peters, who taunted one of the men on Facebook, according to police.
Shane Delandy, 21, received a similar sentence — a suspended one-year jail term — after pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal threatening. Delandy is required to remain on good behavior for two years and perform 50 hours of community service, according to the terms of the agreement.
Police say Delandy decided to round up about a half-dozen friends to go to Peters’ home after receiving taunting messages from him on Facebook.
Rui Conde, 27, and another man allegedly forced their way into the house by smashing the front door and windows of the home with baseball bats, according to police.
Conde was recently sentenced to a suspended one- to three-year prison term after pleading guilty to felony burglary, according to court records.
When the men broke into the home, Peters grabbed a knife from his kitchen and stabbed Conde during the melee. The fight eventually spilled out onto the front lawn, police said.
Conde was treated for stab wounds at Lawrence General Hospital after the fight.