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Posted on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 1:28 p.m.

Man admits to breaking into home and sexually assaulting EMU student

By Art Aisner

A man accused of sexually assaulting an Eastern Michigan University student after breaking into her home pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree home invasion and an added count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Court records show Jermaine Shropshire waived his preliminary hearing last Tuesday and entered the plea deal with prosecutors for the June 14 attack.


Jermain Shropshire

Counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault with a dangerous weapon will be dismissed at sentencing Aug. 23.

Police said Shropshire, who was released from probation in February for multiple theft convictions, broke into the 22-year-old victim’s home in the 600 block of West Cross Street through a window and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.

Shropshire is also accused of attempting to break into a home on North Adams Street the same day, and that case is pending. He remains in custody without bond and faces up to 20 years in prison for home invasion and up to 15 years on the sexual assault.

Art Aisner is a freelance writer for Reach the news desk at or 734-623-2530.



Tue, Jul 27, 2010 : 11:40 a.m.

"here is a significant difference in the punishment for first and third degree CSC. With 1st CSC," Fair enough...I was just guessing. Personally I think someone like this shoulkd be locked up for a good 30 years of actual time.


Tue, Jul 27, 2010 : 8:12 a.m.

Annarbor28...I totally agree with you. How many MORE of these predators are walking around just waiting for a chance to harm someone? Very frightening thought, but we have to remove the blinders (not in my neighborhood attitude) and realize they are out there. That's why I own guns and I KNOW how to use them. We must take responsibility and make our "neighborhood watch" work; there are some frightening people wandering the streets these day and we need to make police aware of those who don't look like they live or belong in our neighborhoods.


Tue, Jul 27, 2010 : 6:15 a.m.

The Granholm administration has routinely let violent and nonviolent offenders out of prison to save money. All communities suffer. Was stimulus money available for prisons? Rapists and murderers need to stay in prison. Unfortunately, rape and sexual crimes in general against women, men and children are often not taken seriously enough. At least in this case, it is heinous enough of a crime to hopefully give him life in prison, in light of his prior convictions. Ladies, keep your doors and windows locked with bars on them: there are many more where this man came from, and, and lots more getting out of prison soon!


Tue, Jul 27, 2010 : 12:19 a.m.

Lokalisierung, There is a significant difference in the punishment for first and third degree CSC. With 1st CSC, the sentence of up to life in prison is served CONSECUTIVELY with regard to any other felony the defendant is also charged with. If the offender is paroled, he can be made to wear an electronic tether for life. In 3rd CSC, the sentence is no more than 15 years and it is served CONCURRENTLY with no post-release monitoring. Big difference here and a very bad deal for the people if the return on it is saving some court time and a few bucks on what was otherwise a slam dunk. 1st CSC should be "one and done" with no deals ever, especially when the DNA evidence is available. These offenders pose too great a danger to the rest of society for prosecutors to be bargaining away the peoples' safety. Personally, I'd rather have the guy locked up for life. First: Third:


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 10:29 p.m.

Are the prison terms consecutive or concurrent? If they are concurrent, he could very possibly be out in as little as 7 years for "good behavior". Then he will be out walking our streets again. Scary thought.


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 4:39 p.m.

Yes end the war on drugs and let's start a war on scumbags who deserve to be locked up forever.


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 4:38 p.m.

"One of my close friends has two teenage daughters. I will encourage her to adopt young Jermain after he serves his 90-second sentence," I know you're trying to prove a point and all, but facing 35 years is a little different than 90 days. As to the other poster, I don't know (or have time to look up) what the differences in jailtime is for the charges he was charge vs. pled to. He is still quilty of a sex crimew and I'm assuming he will be a sex offender anyway, so maybe the difference between 3rd degree and 1st degree is only 5 year jail time or somthign like that. Better to have him plea and not have to spend money on a court case if the eventual outcome is similar.


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 4:32 p.m.

You know... maybe if we let all of the people in prison for selling dope out, we could keep rapists and other violent offenders in...


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 3:54 p.m.

If you have a really solid case against the guy (including the victim's ID, the weapon, and DNA evidence) and can prove first degree home invasion, 1st CSC, and the weapons charge, why would you ever settle for anything less?

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 3:23 p.m.

That is a beautiful sentiment, Somewhat Concerned. I am inspired. One of my close friends has two teenage daughters. I will encourage her to adopt young Jermain after he serves his 90-second sentence, knowing that he will be fully rehabilitated and will make a conscientious and kind guardian for the young girls.

Somewhat Concerned

Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 2:44 p.m.

Not only can people who commit this kind of crime be rehabilitated, if the Detroit City Council gets its way, they can be hired into City jobs. Even if they can't be rehabilitated, they can be released after serving 90 minutes of their sentence because there isn't enough jail space to keep them. Don't presume that men who try to rape women are bad people. Don't jump to conclusions about people you don't know. Be nice. Be politically correct. Or, pray for the poor woman who suffered. Pray for all the poor women who have suffered and who will suffer at the hands of rehabilitated felons.

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 2:02 p.m.

So, let's say that he did break into this woman's home and that he did assault her sexually while threatening her with a weapon. I believe he has admitted to most of this. What possible reason could anyone involved in the judicial system have for ever letting this person out of jail? I worry, given the plea deal, he'll be back on the streets within a few years. And the next woman he assaults (studies suggest this is pretty much inevitable) can only thank the prosecutor who allowed this plea deal. I hope the judge has the fortitude to reject this plea deal.


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 1:50 p.m.

@1bigbud LOL, I believe that is still advocating a specific punishment! AND presuming the guilt of the accused (never mind that he admits to the charges).


Mon, Jul 26, 2010 : 12:49 p.m.

Maybe he can be rehabilitated.