Shane Swindall Chambers, a 30-year-old Grand Rapids man, has been charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the commission of a home invasion in connection with the alleged rape of a 77-year-old woman. This is the second time Chambers has been charged with raping an elderly woman over the past decade, according to a news article at Mlive.com.
Police said the elderly woman was “pummeled,” and that she woke up at about 2 a.m. on September 19 to a man who was severely beating her. She became unconscious, then woke up again approximately seven hours later and called 911. The woman was hospitalized for a period. Chambers was arrested the following day, and had stolen the victim’s credit cards before leaving the scene of the alleged attack.
Chambers was convicted of raping another elderly woman in 2004. He allegedly raped a 63-year-old Macomb County woman in July of 2003. He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on multiple charges.
The defendant remains in jail, and will face up to three life sentences if convicted of the charges due to his criminal record. He was 20 years old when he allegedly raped the 63-year-old victim, and was paroled in June of last year.
Crimes which are sexual in nature are punished very harshly in the state of Michigan. First-degree CSC is the most serious of all sex offenses, leaving the accused to face possible life behind bars if convicted. Other less serious offenses may leave a defendant facing any number of years behind bars along with fines, court costs, and with a lifelong reputation as a sex offender.
When someone is accused of such a crime, is it best to maintain your innocence and proceed to trial, or plead to the charge? Depending on whether you have been falsely accused or are guilty, there are various options you may want to consider. It is vital to discuss your situation with a highly experienced Michigan sex crime attorney, who will thoroughly review your case to determine how best to proceed in order to obtain positive results.