Suspect pleads guilty in homecoming rape case

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE — A 17-year-old male awaits sentencing on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Trevon Hampton, of Detroit, pleaded guilty Nov 22 before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Margie Braxton and will be sentenced Jan 5., Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller confirmed Thursday.

The felony charge carries a possible sentence of 15 years. Hampton was charged along with two juveniles after an Oct. 3 post-homecoming party at Comfort Inn & Suites, 17600 Dix.

The girl told the court in October that she was under the influence of alcohol and had no memory of the event, but her friend Walter Williams, 17, testified that he walked in on her twice while she was having sex with the two juveniles and once while Hampton was standing near the bed with his pants down to his knees. Williams testified that the girl was awake during the acts.

The two 16 year-old boys, from Southfield and Detroit, are set for trial Feb 28. and March 1 and 2. A final conference is scheduled for Feb. 2.

The boys are charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. They appeared Wednesday before Wayne County Circuit Judge Lynn Pierce.

There had been talk of a plea deal for the juveniles, and a Nov. 11 pretrail hearing was adjourned to allow for further discussion on the matter, but Miller said the plans were scrapped.

“There is no plea deal that is going to happen,” Miller said. “It is proceeding to trial at this point.”

Miller declined to comment further on the plea deals.

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