INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 1, 2015) – A judge handed down harsh sentences to four men who were convicted for their roles in terrorizing an Indianapolis family. Two of the three victims read letters to the court detailing the physical and emotional pain they still struggle with on a daily basis.
Victim, Carl Potzena, told the court his family no longer has a sense of security or peace of mind.
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.
Pugh, Brown and Dupree were each sentenced Friday to 248 years in prison. Anthony was sentenced to 318 years. As the judge handed down the sentences, the hearing was disrupted by the suspects’ family members and friends. Bailiffs ended up kicking one woman out of the courtroom.
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.
The suspects told the judge they plan to file appeals in this case.