UPDATE: Burglar fended off by teen with bat pleads guilty

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Burglar held off by Mesa teen with bat

The following news release was sent by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

MESA - County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Thomas Garza, 31 (DOB 1/28/77), pled guilty to burglary, assault, trespassing and other charges on August 15, 2008. Garza was arrested by Mesa Police after entering the home of teenager Michael Six on January 15, 2008. The 14-year-old Six held off Garza with the use of an aluminum baseball bat while on the phone with a 911 operator. The defendant, who resides in Chandler, had been held non-bondable for violating previous court orders.

Garza pled guilty to:

Burglary in the second degree, a class three felony with one prior felony conviction and stipulated to an aggravated term of 10.5 years;

Aggravated Assault, a class three Dangerous offense and stipulated to an aggravated term of 10.5 years DOC;

Three class one misdemeanors for Criminal Trespass in the first degree, he pled guilty to each and will be sentenced to time served;

In a 2007 matter, he pled guilty to one count of Misconduct Involving Weapons, a class four felony with one prior felony conviction and stipulated to an aggravated term of 6 years to run concurrent with the 2008 DOC terms.

"I applaud the courage and grit of the young man who subdued this criminal and helped bring him to justice," said Thomas.

Sentencing is set for September 17th at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Emmet J. Ronan.