Judge: Rape, assault of woman, 77, ‘horrific’

Shane Chambers arrives in court for a sentencing hearing. (July 2, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A judge has handed down the maximum sentence for the man convicted of raping and assaulting a 77-year-old woman at her Grand Rapids home.

Shane Chambers, 31, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in Kent County Circuit Court.

“I have been on the bench 28 years and this is one of the worst most violent cases I have seen,” Judge George Buth said before sentencing Chambers. “It is simply horrific.”

The assault happened in September 2013 at the victim’s home on Grand Rapids’ southeast side. The victim said she woke up as Chambers was beating her in the middle of the night and was left unconscious from the attack.

Investigators said they tracked Chambers down after he was found using the victim’s credit card, which they said he stole from the victim the night he assaulted her.

Chambers was convicted in late May on all of the charges he faced in the case, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Wednesday, in a devastatingly powerful statement, the victim’s daughter made certain Chambers knew what she thought of him.

“You are a selfish, self-centered, inpatient little child who thinks that he gets to take whatever he wants whenever he wants it,” she said.

“Don’t shake your head at me. You beat this woman to a pulp, you left her for dead after you raped her and you grabbed her purse on the way out, and I hope you get to think about that while someone is raping you,” she continued.

“You have chosen to be an animal and to take what you want without thought of what happens to anyone else, and that does not make you fit to live with the rest of us. Think about that for the rest of your life,” she concluded. “I laugh at you. You are stuck forever.”

Chambers’ attorney said her client has always maintained his innocence and will appeal.

In 2003, Chambers was convicted of a similar crime involving a 74-year-old woman.

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