CINCINNATI (AP) — Three men who committed an armed break-in and robbery of the suburban Cincinnati home of a federal judge and her husband have each been sentenced to 34 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott (duh-LAHT’) and former prominent attorney Stan Chesley described their ordeals in a Hamilton County courtroom Thursday before another judge sentenced the three Cincinnati men.
Darrell Kinney, Terry Jackson Jr. and Demetrius Williams pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping under a plea agreement. The men, all in their early 20s, had faced more than 100 years in prison. They apologized in court.
Authorities said the men targeted Dlott and Chesley because of their luxury car and followed them to their Indian Hill home. Police said the men later returned and kicked in a basement door.
Dlott said she had woken up on the night of Dec. 4, 2015 with the three men in their bedroom, pointing guns at her and her husband.
“They told us they were going to murder us if we didn’t give them everything,” Dlott said. “That night will remain in my memory as the most horrible and frightening experience of my life.”
Chesley said that one of the armed men held a gun to his head and ignored his wife’s pleas for them to take their cars and leave.
“Susan looked them in the face and said, ‘Here are keys. I’m a U.S. federal judge and the FBI will look for you forever,'” Chesley said.
Dlott and Chesley escaped and called the authorities when the three men were distracted in the garage.