(01/28/14) - Jurors have found a Flint teenager guilty of raping and robbing an elderly woman.
Denzel Berry, now 19, was 17 at the time of the attack in October 2012. The woman was 87. She was carrying groceries from her driveway to her home when attacked and assaulted.
Jurors deliberated for only about 30-45 minutes, Tuesday morning, before finding Berry guilty of all six charges he faced - two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree home invasion, unarmed robbery, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.
Police and prosecutors said DNA definitively linked Berry to the crime.
"We are glad that justice has been served," said the victim's great-granddaughter Chelsea Byrd. "Now my great-grandma, along with our family and his family, can begin to heal. The court system and David Leyton's office have served the community well in this situation. We appreciate all of the support and caring we have received."
The elderly woman testified during two court hearings - previously at district court for Berry's preliminary exam and in circuit court for his trial.
"We appreciate the jury verdict," said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. "My heart goes out to the victim who showed true bravery throughout the criminal justice process. And I'm grateful to the victim's family who supported her during the proceedings."
Berry is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 18.
Berry still faces trial for an October 2012 armed, bank robbery in Mt. Morris Township. See that story HERE.
It occurred about two weeks after the elderly's woman attack. That trial is scheduled to start in late February, according to Leyton.
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