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Jury finds four men guilty in 2013 home invasion; victim breaks silence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 10, 2015) - Four men accused of terrorizing an Indianapolis family were found guilty Tuesday morning. The jury deliberated the case from 5 p.m. Monday to 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Adrian Anthony, Michael Pugh, Alexander Dupree and Demetre Brown were found guilty on multiple charges, including rape, robbery, burglary, carjacking, criminal confinement and battery.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Adrian Anthony: Guilty on all 28 counts
  • Demetre Brown: Guilty on four counts Rape (Class A Felony), two counts Attempt Criminal Deviate Conduct (Class A Felony), Robbery (Class A Felony), Burglary (Class A Felony), three counts Carjacking (Class B Felony), three counts Criminal Confinement (Class B Felony), two counts Robbery (Class B Felony), Aggravated Battery (Class B Felony), two counts Intimidation (Class C Felony), Battery (Class C Felony)
  • Alexander Dupree: Guilty on four counts Rape (Class A Felony), two counts Criminal Deviate Conduct (Class A Felony), two counts Attempt Criminal Deviate Conduct (Class A Felony), Robbery (Class A Felony), Burglary (Class A Felony), three counts Carjacking (Class B Felony), three counts Criminal Confinement (Class B Felony), two counts Robbery (Class B Felony), Aggravated Battery (Class B Felony), two counts Intimidation (Class C Felony), Battery (Class C Felony), Battery (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Michael Pugh: Guilty on four counts Rape (Class A Felony), two counts Attempt Criminal Deviate Conduct (Class A Felony), Robbery (Class A Felony), Burglary (Class A Felony), three counts Carjacking (Class B Felony), three counts Criminal Confinement (Class B Felony), two counts Robbery (Class B Felony), Aggravated Battery (Class B Felony), two counts Intimidation (Class C Felony), Battery (Class C Felony)

"We do disagree and are disappointed as Mr. Brown’s concerned, but no disrespect to the jury and how hard they worked to get the verdicts," said John Tompkins, Defense Attorney for Brown.

"We are very pleased with the verdict," said Deputy Prosecutor Lindsay Gedig. "Justice was served for the Potenza's today. Any case is emotional. You can’t stay away from that, but obviously this family was very helpful and very involved so that brought some emotion into it. But also as a prosecutor you have to take yourself away from that to some extent. We are very thankful the jurors stuck with us and took the time and were very thoughtful in their consideration of all counts."

On Oct. 29, 2013, authorities said a group of armed men broke into a home on 79th Street around 7:30 a.m. Police said the men forced Eileen Potenza to drive them to an ATM, stole cash, shot her, and sexually assaulted both Potenza and her daughter.

The suspects then allegedly stole three of the victims’ cars, dumping two of them at 62nd Street and Michigan Road. Anthony, Dupree, Pugh and Brown were each charged with roughly 30 counts of rape, burglary, intimidation, robbery, battery, deviate conduct, criminal confinement and the list goes on.

"It's been a long road," said Potenza.

Potenza says it was difficult sitting in court and hearing the graphic testimony during the week-long trial.

"Our friends, family and the community has been so supportive and we are really looking forward to the end of it," said Potenza.

Ordinarily, FOX59 does not identify victims of sex crimes, however, Potenza gave FOX59 permission to report her name.

"We want to make sure the world is a safer place. We don't want these guys to be out and hurt anyone again," she said.

The prosecution's "star witness" is one of the suspects in the case. In February, Trae Spells pleaded guilty to rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and burglary. He will be sentenced in April.

Michael Pugh's attorney argued that Spells was the most violent offender in the invasion and he should not be trusted.

"The state is relying its case on one of the co-defendants, Trae Spells, who I described as the worst one," said Benjamin Jafee.

Demetre Brown's attorney echoed that point.

"I think it was the product of a deluded mind-- all the drugs he was taking. I mean of course he will get some things right, but I don't think he's going to get all the facts right under those conditions," said John Tompkins.

While Jaffe worked hard to prove his client's innocence, he says it was challenging for him to remove himself from the horrific details of the case.

"This is a difficult case emotionally. It's hard to separate yourself from what happened to the victims in this case," said Jaffe.

The state linked fingerprint and DNA evidence from the home to Spells, Dupree and Isiah Hill. Hill is believed to be the sixth suspect in the case. He is being held on unrelated charges in Texas.

Brown's fingerprints were found on Allison Potenza's laptop.

Potenza said her family is forgiving in nature and they look forward to putting this tragedy behind them.

"It was obviously a very emotional experience to go through, but I think we are now the same family we always were. We are all back to work and school and we are going to be the same people we were before," said Potenza.

The men will be sentenced on April 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Anthony and Pugh face 40 total counts for their role in a home invasion that took place on Spring Mill Road on Oct. 24, 2013. Spells and another man, Taiwan Lundy, are also charged in that case. A trial is set for spring.

Six additional suspects are charged in connection with at least one of the two home invasions. The following cases are pending:

  • Amber Deckard: Charged with Assisting a Criminal (C Felony), Auto Theft (D Felony) and Theft (D Felony)
  • James Phillips: Charged with Assisting a Criminal (C Felony) and Theft (D Felony)
  • Ira Marsh: Charged with Assisting a Criminal (C Felony) and Theft (D Felony).
  • Jade Lundy: Charged with Assisting a Criminal (C Felony) and Theft (D Felony)
  • Renee Washington: Charged with Assisting a Criminal (C Felony) and Theft (D Felony)
  • Sierra White: Charged with Assisting a Criminal (C Felony)