Michael Pugh, Adrian Anthony, and Taiwan Lundy were sentenced from 72 years to 88 years for their crime. All three are in the twenties.
One of the victims -- Randy Nowak -- testified at today's sentencing. He said he and his wife now live in constant fear.
Nowak was beaten and he and his wife were taken separately to ATMs where they were forced to withdraw cash.
Two of the accused were already convicted for another violent home invasion in the city. Pugh and Anthony were found guilty of ransacking a home on East 79th St. where they sexually assaulted Eileen and Allison Potenza and took many of their belongings.
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The men were accused of breaking into Nowak’s home in the 7000 block of North Spring Mill Road, where police said they ransacked the home, drove to area ATMs to withdraw cash using the victims’ debit cards and stole many of their belongings, including the wife’s SUV.
Prosecutors relied in part on the testimony of co-defendant Trae Spells, who testified as part of a plea deal. Spells said he and Lundy beat Nowak while they demanded money. Anthony, Spells said, took the couple separately to a nearby ATM to withdraw money.
Each of the defendants’ attorneys disagreed on how much responsibility the men held throughout the trial and during sentencing.
Michelle Lee Wall, Anthony’s attorney, said Tuesday that it was arguable that Spells committed some of the more heinous acts. After pleading guilty to rape, burglary and other felony charges in connection with the two home invasions, Spells was sentenced to 70 years in prison last month.
“This was always about the word of one person that, frankly, wasn’t a trustworthy person and was very self-interested,” said Benjamin Jaffe, who represents Pugh.
Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Kelly said he was satisfied with the sentences. He called it important to secure a lengthy sentence for Lundy, who was not charged in the other case and did not have a lengthy prison term already facing him like Anthony and Pugh did.
“I didn’t want to get caught up in the time game,” Kelly said. “I think (Stoner) followed the law, and I believe that they got every minute that they deserved.”
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