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Man sentenced to 70 years for role in 2013 Indianapolis home invasions

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Trae Spells

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 26, 2015)– One of the men convicted in two violent home invasions that occurred on Indianapolis’ north side in October 2013 was sentenced Wednesday.

Trae Spells, 20, was sentenced to 70 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in February to rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and burglary. The prosecution considered him their “star witness” in the case.

Police said Spells and several others kicked in the door of the home on North Spring Mill Road. The two homeowners were tied up and beaten, before the men ransacked the home on Oct. 24, 2013.

On Oct. 29, 2013, authorities said Spells and five other men broke into a north side home on 79th Street around 7:30 a.m. Police said the men forced a woman in her 50s to drive them to an ATM, stole cash, shot her in the leg, and sexually assaulted both her and her daughter. Police said the suspects then stole three of the victims’ cars, dumping two of them at 62nd Street and Michigan Road.

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