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Ex-city commissioner's son pleads no contest in home invasion robbery

Jacob Kline sentenced to 1 year in prison, 2 years of house arrest

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jacob Sikes Kline.
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jacob Sikes Kline.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The son of a former St. Augustine city commissioner arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in St. Johns County pleaded no contest Monday.

Jacob Kline, the son of former St. Augustine Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline, was sentenced to one year in prison, two years of house arrest and two years of probation.

Kline turned himself in on a charge of being a principal to armed home invasion robbery that occurred on Jan. 25, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said. 

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Deputies said Kline was the mastermind of a robbery in which he wanted to take back something that was his.

A Molotov cocktail had been thrown at Kline's parents' home, where he still lives. The firebomb hit the bedroom of Sikes-Kline’s 14-year-old son, who was in the room with three teenage friends at the time, according to a police report.

The report said the commissioner's husband was able to put out the fire before anyone was seriously hurt. The Sheriff's Office said it isn't sure if the incidents are connected.

The other men accused in the armed robbery were Sean Edmund Riggs, 18, Larry Thomas Travis Jr., 21, Ronald Tyrone Burch, 20, and Marcus Theodore Lewis, 19, deputies said.

Riggs, Travis and Burch are charged with home invasion robbery. Lewis is charged with principal to home invasion robbery.

Deputies said Kline was the fifth and final arrest they were hoping to make in the case.

 DOCUMENT: Joshua Kline arrest warrant

According to deputies, at least three armed men entered a home on West Jayce Way on Jan. 25 and demanded valuables. The victims, two men and a woman in their early 20s, told detectives that two of the men wore masks, but the third did not. That third man was later identified as Travis.

The men fled with a cellphone, car keys and $200 in cash belonging to the victims.

Deputies said detectives quickly identified Travis as a possible suspect, and he was then positively identified by the victims and arrested.

The other three men were identified and arrested within a week, deputies said.