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Paroled rapist brutally attacks elderly GR woman

6:54 PM, Dec 17, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- An elderly Grand Rapids woman testified today she was savagely beaten by a man who broke into her home as she slept on a living room couch.

Entering court in a wheelchair pushed by her daughter, the 77-year-old woman testified she fell asleep watching TV and awoke to find a man standing over her.

"He just pummeled me with all this might,'' she testified Tuesday in Grand Rapids District Court. "Eventually, I became unconscious.''

When she regained consciousness several hours later, her purse was missing and there was broken glass on the floor of the home where she's lived for 53 years.

The woman testified she did not realize she had been sexually assaulted. That revelation came when she was examined at the hospital.

Her accused assailant, Shane Swindall Chambers, 30, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Bramble brought to the witness stand a 73-year-old woman who was raped by Chambers 10 years ago in Warren, near Detroit.

Chambers told her: "I like older women'' and was high on ecstasy, she testified.

Chambers was convicted in that case and sent to prison. He was on parole when the Sept. 19 attack on Worden Street SE occurred.

His preliminary hearing was adjourned until additional witnesses can testify. If convicted, Chambers faces life in prison.

 

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