STPAUL, MN – A teen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he raped an elderly woman in revenge for her having him thrown in jail for burglarizing her home.
Curtez Graham was only 16 when he was convicted of burglarizing a 65-year-old woman’s home on two separate occasion in 2011. He was sentenced to Boys Totem Town before being sent to a juvenile correctional facility. While on a 10-day work furlough in June of last year, Graham removed the ankle bracelet monitoring his activities and paid the woman a visit.
He entered the woman’s home for a third time after breaking out a window, and headed to her bedroom on the third floor where she and her male companion were sleeping. They were awakened by Graham as he stood naked in the bedroom brandishing a pair of scissors.
“Bitch, you sent me to prison for 14 months,” he reportedly said before threatening to kill them unless they did what he said. After forcing the man to tie himself up, he raped the woman in front of him. When Graham was done, he ordered her to take a shower and wash between her legs.
The 18-year-old was eventually caught and pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary and kidnapping. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
“We seldom see crimes as completely inhumane as this,” prosecutor C. Ryan Tennison said in court Tuesday. “This man raped the victim in her home in front of her loved one. … (He) earned every day of this lengthy prison sentence.”
Graham’s attorney said his client never minimized or deflected his behavior. “He knows he robbed the victims of their confidence, privacy and safety,” Murad Mohammad said. “Curtez knows he has many years now to reflect on what he did, and to come out as a member of society, rather than a scourge.”
I wouldn’t hold your breath, Mohammad.Tags: burlgary, Crime, Curtez Graham, Minnesota, Rape