Assault charges against twins amended

Michael (left) and Peter Versluys. (May 27, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Twin brothers accused of beating a Grand Rapids prostitute no longer face attempted murder charges.

During a Wednesday preliminary hearing, charges of assault with intent to murder against Michael and Peter Versluys was amended to lesser charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

The brothers are still charged with armed robbery, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree assault with intent to rob while armed. They were bound over to circuit court Wednesday.

In late May, one of the brothers picked up a prostitute and allegedly engaged in sexual acts with her, Grand Rapids police say, but then didn’t want to pay her. That’s when both brothers allegedly began to beat the woman in the face and head.

They ripped her pants off, trying to rob her and took off. Though seriously injured, the woman identified the suspects to police and the brothers were jailed after an 18-hour search.

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