Jury Convicts Man On 11 Felony Charges For May Home Invasion, High Speed Chase

A 29-year-old man has been found guilty of eleven felony charges by a Tehama County jury for his part in a home invasion, multiple car thefts and a high speed chase. On May 16th, Eric Joseph Cotton Jr and an accomplice stole a car out of Redding and used it to ram through the gate of the victim’s house on Antelope Boulevard in Red Bluff. They then set fire to the car and broke into the house. They held the homeowner at gunpoint, and stole several items, including his cellphone and car keys. They left in the victim’s car, which was located a short time later at Rolling Hills Casino. A Sheriff’s Department Sergeant attempted a high-risk stop and the suspects rammed his patrol vehicle before fleeing. After a brief pursuit, they drove off the roadway. Cotton tried to get away on foot and was captured with the help of Rogue the K9. Cotton was tried and convicted on two of his counts in August and the DA’s office re-filed the remaining felony charges, leading to a conviction on Monday. Cotton will be sentenced November 13th. His alleged accomplice, 39-year-old Tony Archet Edison, has not yet been tried. He’s being held without bail and he’ll be in court on Monday.