HAMILTON — A Middletown teenager was sentenced to 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to the home-invasion rape and robbery of a Middletown woman.
Michael De’onte Miles, 17, who was being tried as an adult, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and rape, with firearm specifications, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. His trial was set to begin Monday, Aug. 2, before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Nastoff.
Co-defendant Cory Isreal, 19, the only one to go to jury trial, was sentenced July 13 to 43 years in prison. Co-defendant Jad Holmes, 20, took a plea bargain after Isreal’s June 3 conviction. He pleaded guilty June 30 to aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and rape with an agreed-to sentence of 24 years in prison in exchange for testifying against Miles.
During Isreal’s trial, the victim took the stand and recounted the terror in her house on Oct. 4 as she was moving into her home.
She testified three males wearing red bandannas were in her garage. One pulled out a gun, and after forcing her inside, he held her down while another raped her as she was bound. A third man looted her home.
Prosecutors said Miles is the one who raped the woman while Holmes held her down, and that Isreal acted as a lookout and took items from the home.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the sexual assault nurse described the injuries suffered by the victim as the worst she’d seen in her career.
“A home invasion by three guys, resulting in the brutality of rape, is the kind of horror that nightmares are made of,” said Prosecutor Robin Piper. “Our prayers must be offered for victims who suffer such atrocities. Some criminals are just blood-thirsty cannibals who need to be put away. Miles deserves every day of his 31 years in prison.”
Isreal was transferred July 21 to the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Holmes remains in the Butler County Jail; he is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24 by Judge Noah Powers.