GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Four men who admitted their roles in a home invasion on Grand Rapids' west side are headed to prison -- serving consecutive sentences -- for assaulting the residents and and raping a woman.
Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth sentenced the men Wednesday in a hearing that also featured a statement by the woman who was sexually assaulted.
The attack happened last June at a home on Veto Street NW. A five people broke into a home during the early morning hours and assaulted the three men inside, then took turns sexually assaulting the woman living at the home.
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Brandon Towns, 26, Rederick Melton, 21, Dorian Jones, 21, and James Hodges, 20, all pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), home invasion and armed robbery. The judges made all of the men's sentences consecutive because of the brutality of the crime.
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Judge Buth sentenced Towns to 25-40 years in prison for the sexual assault, 25-40 years for armed robbery and 12-20 years for home invasion -- a minimum of 62 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Towns had the longest sentences of the group because of a prior CSC conviction.
Hodges received 20-40 years for the CSC conviction, 20-40 years for armed robbery and 10-20 years for home invasion -- a minimum of 50 years in prison before parole eligibility.
Jones and Melton each received 18-40 years for the CSC, 18-40 years for armed robbery and 7-20 years for home invasion -- a minimum of 30 years before they are eligible for parole.
A fifth defendant, who was 14 at the time of the crime, is being processed in juvenile court.