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              Two men were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Monday with first degree homicide and a third man was charged with harboring the two men after the beating death of Thomas Borglin on April 11. Bobby Mitton, 28, of Racine, and Mecquon Jones, 33, of Racine, were each charged with a felony count of first degree intentional homicide — party to a crime, repeater, and misdemeanor count of theft, repeater. If convicted on all charges, Mitton and Jones could be sentenced to life in prison plus nine months, and fined up to $10,000. Mitton and Mecquon are both being held on a $500,000 bond in what Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete called “allegations that are truly shocking and violent.” He explained to Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch at a first appearance on Monday that Borglin suffered a severe beating and Dr. Wieslawa Tlomak, of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, indicated that Borglin died from “blunt force trauma to his chest and neck area.” “Jones has been in prison more of his life than not and was ordered to have court supervision for 15 years when this happened,” Chiapete said. During Mitton’s initial appearance, Chiapete called it “a truly violent and unprovoked attack.” Derryle Allen, 27, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s office with two felony counts of harboring or aiding a felon, and a misdemeanor count of theft. If convicted on all charges, Allen, who was charged as a repeat offender, faces up to 34 years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $35,000. According to the criminal complaint, on Thursday Racine Police received a call from a woman saying that she had information about the beating and that Mitton sold her the television, but she gave it back to him because she didn’t “want to have that type of property in her residence.” Allen also called the police. He told investigators that Jones and Mitton beat up Borglin, but the fight started between Borglin and Mitton because Mitton though “Borglin was fake, and was talking a bunch of stuff about being a contractor.” Mitton didn’t believe Borglin and the two started to fight. Jones then stomped on Borglin’s chest with his foot. Allen told police he thought he was still breathing when the three left the house, but Borglin never got up. Jones told police that Mitton slammed Borglin to the ground and hit him in the head and on the body. Jones told police that he stopped Mitton from hitting Borglin and told him they needed to leave. He said he thought Borglin was breathing when they left, but said they never checked. Allen then pulled his car up to Borglin’s home and took his 50-inch and 32-inch televisions. One was sold to a woman in Waterford for $40. She gave the television back and called the police. A preliminary hearing has been set for the three men at 8:30 a.m. April 27 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.    

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.