Teen who burglarized Gerald McCoy's house gets 5 years in prison
The teenager who was charged with the armed burglary of Gerald McCoy's home, injuring the Bucs' player's father hours before a game in November, has been sentenced to five years in prison in a plea agreement related to six other felony charges against him.
Justin Frazier, 18, of Wesley Chapel entered into a "best interest" plea agreement May 3, with credit for 180 days already served in jail, according to court records. He was facing a combined nine felony charges from six incidents, though the largest came in the burglary that fractured the wrist of McCoy's father Nov. 3.
Frazier faced counts of armed burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft from that incident, as well as misdemeanor charges of battery and trespass. He also faced separate charges of grand theft, robbery and dealing in stolen property related to four other incidents between July and November last year. Officially, Frazier entered a guilty plea on one felony count of robbery by sudden snatching, with one concurrent sentence for all the charges against him. He agreed to pay $1,200 to another victim and $665 in court costs in addition to the prison sentence.
McCoy had publicly expressed forgiveness to Frazier a week after the incident, saying he would pray for him.
"That's a lost kid," McCoy said. "Probably just needs some guidance. It's nothing to be upset over. It happens. You could look at it at a different way, like 'I hate the person that tried to break into my house,' or you could look at it like somebody who needs help. I would just advise people to pray for this kid."