Two men accused of breaking into a Crown Heights apartment in 2007 and terrorizing a family during a robbery were convicted of sex abuse, robbery, assault and other charges on Monday after a trial that lasted seven weeks in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.
Michael Wilson writes on crimes in the city.
Justin Harris, 28, and Glendon Jackson,23, broke into the home on Sterling Place in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2007, with a third man, DeShawn Owens, 28, according to testimony from several victims. Mr. Jackson was convicted of rape; he attacked a 43-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter in a bathroom while another daughter, 5, looked on.
“Don’t hurt my mommy, don’t hurt my sissy — I need them,” the girl, now 9, recalled telling Mr. Jackson when she testified in the case. Both Mr. Harris and Mr. Jackson were convicted of endangering the welfare of a child.
Several men, including the mother’s sons and husband, were tied up with duct tape and beaten.
Mr. Harris was accused of raping a 21-year-old woman who was dating a friend of the family of victims. He was acquitted of rape and related charges on Monday, but convicted of sex abuse. In testifying in his defense, he said he had met the woman weeks earlier and that they had had consensual sex at that time, a claim the woman refuted in her own testimony.
Mr. Owens was accused of standing guard with a gun in a hallway during the attacks. His case is being decided by a separate jury that has not yet reached a verdict.
Mr. Harris and Mr. Jackson are scheduled to be sentenced on July 7.
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