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Jury Convicts Flint Teen of Rape and Robbery of 87-Year-Old Woman

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A Flint teen has been convicted in the 2012 rape and robbery of an 87-year-old woman on Flint’s east side.

Nineteen-year-old Denzel Berry of Flint, was 17-years-old when he followed the elderly victim into the rear entrance of her home as she was taking in groceries from her car around noon on October 15, 2012. After the second trip into the house from her car, Berry knocked the victim down from behind and raped her. He then took money from her wallet, along with some jewelry, before stepping over her to exit the house.

Berry was identified as the perpetrator of the attack after being arrested for a robbery of a Citizens Bank in Mt. Morris Township two weeks later. A DNA sample taken during the investigation of the bank robbery connected Berry to the rape and robbery.

In a statement, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said “we appreciate the jury’s verdict. My heart goes out to the victim who showed true bravery throughout the criminal justice process. And I am grateful to the victim’s family who supported her during the proceedings.”

Berry was convicted on all six felonies he faced including two counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree Home Invasion, Unarmed Robbery, Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, and Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct. He faces life in prison when sentenced on February 18, 2014.

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