A Michigan man sentenced to life in prison for the beating and rape of a 77-year-old woman faced his victim and her daughter in court last Wednesday.
The victim and her daughter, who are not being named, expressed no sympathy for 31-year-old Shane Chambers at his sentencing. The victim's daughter, speaking on behalf of her mother, said she hopes Chambers experiences the same pain in prison that her mother experienced at his hands, WoodTV reported.
“Don’t shake your head at me," she said to her mother's attacker. "You beat this woman to a pulp, you left her for dead after you raped her and you grabbed her purse on the way out, and I hope you get to think about that while someone is raping you. I hope the same thing happens to you."
The September 2013 assault began while the 77-year-old woman was sleeping. Chambers broke into the home where she lived for 50 years, beat the elderly woman unconscious and raped her, according to MLive.
The victim awoke hours later and saw that her purse and credit cards had been stolen. Chambers traded the items for drugs, police said.
“I have been on the bench 28 years and this is one of the worst, most violent cases I have seen,” Judge George Buth said before giving Chambers a life sentence. “It is simply horrific.”
Chambers maintains his innocence and is hoping to appeal the decision, according to his attorney.
In 2003, Chambers was convicted of sexually assaulting a 74-year-old woman in her Detroit home. He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison, and was paroled in 2012.
The victim of his 2003 crime said Chambers arrived at her home high on ecstasy, and sexually assaulted her for four hours. Chambers' reasoning at the time was that he "likes older women," the victim said.
His most recent victim said she must now live in an assisted living facility because she can no longer bear being in her home.
“You have chosen to be an animal and to take what you want without thought of what happens to anyone else, and that does not make you fit to live with the rest of us," the victim's daughter said. "Think about that for the rest of your life. I laugh at you. You are stuck forever.”
July 9, 2014
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