Man gets 15 years in Sun City home invasion

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A man who pleaded guilty to charges in a Sun City home invasion will serve two concurrent 15-year prison terms.

Joshua Barnes, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and one count of burglary in a plea agreement.

The Grand Jurors of Maricopa County indicted Barnes on June 28 on two counts of burglary, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of aggravated assault.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested Barnes at a Sun City golf course June 21, about eight hours after an invasion was reported at a nearby home.

According to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Barnes entered the home near 111th and Peoria avenues around 1:30 a.m. with a loaded gun.

The Attorney's Office said he ordered occupant Audrey Sobley, who had been sleeping, to lie down on the ground, and demanded to know where she "kept the gold."

Barnes also reportedly told Audrey Sobley that if she wanted to live, she would do exactly as he said.

The woman's husband, Dave Sobley, heard the commotion from a separate bedroom down the hall. When he went to investigate the noise, Barnes reportedly threatened to kill him and ordered him to crawl back to his room.

When Dave Sobley did not comply, debilitated by a prosthetic knee, Barnes reportedly stomped on his head and pressed a gun against his spine.

Barnes then redirected his attention to Audrey Sobley, allowing Dave Sobley, a Vietnam veteran and armed member of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer posse, to retrieve a firearm.

Dave Sobley fired a single shot, striking Barnes in his neck and trigger hand, according to the Attorney's Office.

Barnes left the home and was apprehended by deputies at a golf course near Mountain View Road and Venturi Drive.

The Attorney's Office said a subsequent investigation revealed that on the same evening, Barnes also unlawfully entered an unoccupied home.

When released from the Arizona Department of Corrections, Barnes will be placed on five years of supervised probation.

Both sentences exceed the presumptive term for a first time felony conviction for a "class two" dangerous offense under Arizona sentencing guidelines.

"That this was a first offense for the defendant does not and should not prevent him from facing full accountability for his actions," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement.