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Men responsible for Veto Street home invasion, rape sentenced

10:43 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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  • Dorian Jones
  • James Hodges
  • Rederick Melton
    
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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.

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