GARNER | A Jewell man accused of robbery at a rural Hancock County party has changed his mind about pleading guilty.

A plea change hearing for Kyren-Ray Daniel Valentine, 20, was scheduled for last week, but was cancelled at Valentine's request.

He is now scheduled to be tried Feb. 21 on seven counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree burglary.


Valentine is accused of using a gun to threaten individuals at a party in July and demanding they empty their pockets, according to court records. 

Co-defendant Samuel Christopher Swanson, 18, pleaded guilty last year to second- and third-degree robbery and was sentenced to 12 years of probation. 

Valentine's other co-defendant, Isaiah Zion Lewis, 17, has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery and will be sentenced Jan. 23.

-- Mary Pieper