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Man pleads no contest to kidnapping, sexually assaulting 88-year-old woman

The charges against David Griffin include kidnapping, 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, carjacking, felony firearm and armed robbery.
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 5:19 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (7/16/2020) - A Flint man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a then-88-year-old woman, all while holding her at gunpoint, has waived his right to a trial and agreed to a plea deal.

It's a negotiation more than a year in the making.

42-year-old David Griffin was charged in October 2018 with 35 felonies.

Thursday, he pled no contest to all charges against him, including kidnapping, 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, carjacking, felony firearm and armed robbery.

“I don’t think there’s any words or explanation that could help understand why a human being would do this to another human being, let alone, somebody at this advanced age,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

In October 2018, the now 42-year-old is accused of breaking into a then 88-year-old Flint Township woman's home.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said he held her at gunpoint - with her gun - forced her into her own car, drove her to a store where he tried to get cash back from a check she'd write. When that failed, Leyton said Griffin took her home, sexually assaulted her and had her write a check in his name.

When he had trouble cashing it, Leyton explained Griffin returned to the woman’s home and tried to break in again. She was able to run to a neighbor’s home for help. Griffin drove off in her vehicle, but was caught a short time later.

“She is an extraordinarily resilient woman, strong character and has a wonderful heart; and she, she’s doing well under the circumstances and gave this resolve, this, this plea her blessing,” Leyton said.

Because he is a habitual offender, Griffin would've been facing life in prison; but under the agreement, he's facing a minimum of 22 years.

Why did Leyton make the offer?

“Well, if you give him life, he becomes eligible for parole after 15 years,” Leyton explained. “So this way, he’s not eligible for parole until 22 years. So this is actually a more harsh sentence than a parole of a life sentence.”

And again, Leyton said the woman, who is now 90-years-old, with the help of her daughters, agreed to the plea decision.

The Judge said she expects to allow the agreement when Griffin is sentenced August 18th.

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