INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 8, 2015)-- Three men will spend decades in prison, two of them likely never to go free, after being sentenced for a brutal north side home invasion in the fall of 2013 that left a neighborhood and a couple terrorized and a city on edge.
“I think the judge was right when he called this a community issue,” said Defense Attorney Benjamin Jaffe after Superior Judge Mark Stoner used the word “terror” to describe the effect his client Michael Pugh’s crime had on Indianapolis nearly two years ago. When you think about it, you want to feel safe in your own home. People did not feel safe when this happened and it made people really question how safe they are. The doors were locked. They were home in bed and this was certainly not what they expected. They were put through mental torture and physical…I mean…it was just a brutal thing that happened to these people.”
On October 24, 2013, four men entered a home on Spring Mill Road and terrorized a couple for the next three hours, firing a gun, beating them, forcing to withdraw money from an ATM and then stealing their vehicles.
Trae Spells testified against his partners and received 70 years in prison for the Spring Mill case and a brutal home invasion of a family on East 79th Street five days later.
Taiwan Lundy did not, and that’s why Judge Stoner gave him 72 years on various burglary, criminal confinement, battery, carjacking and forgery charges.
Pugh and Adrian Anthony both received 88-year sentences.
Anthony is already serving 318 years in prison for the later home invasion and 62 years for a murder two months before.
Pugh was sentenced to 248 years for the 79th Street case.
“I’m just happy that is all over, honestly,” said Randy Nowak whose home was invaded as he was held at gunpoint with his wife that morning. “Its another group of criminals that are off the streets.”
Two other men, Demetre Brown and Alexander Dupree also received 248-year prison sentences for their roles in the 79th Street home invasion when a man was beaten, a mother and daughter sexually assaulted and the older woman was shot.