FLINT, MI – A jury returned a guilty verdict today in a trial against a Flint man who was involved in a home invasion and armed robbery.
Cortez Deonte Scales, 31-years-old, was charged and convicted of twelve felony counts related to the April 27th, 2017 incident on Agree Avenue near Western and Richfield Roads in Flint.
After four days of trial in Genesee County Circuit Court, the jury convicted Cortez Scales of armed robbery, home invasion first degree, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, two counts of felonious assault, and six counts of felony firearm second offense. Three other co-defendants previously plead guilty.
The incident began when co-defendant Gernell Taylor knocked on the door of the victim’s home and after the door was opened, he came in and pulled a gun on the four adults present ordering them to the ground. There were also two infants in the home. Soon after, co-defendant Scottie Nash entered the home and he and Taylor began ransacking the house for anything of value. A third co-defendant, Devon Thomas, then entered the home and began assisting the other two.
All four adults were pistol whipped and one was beaten to a point of unconsciousness.
Defendant Scales then entered the home and all four co-defendants left together soon after. “Cortez Scales has been a crime driver in our community for many years with past convictions including drugs, assaults, animal fighting and theft,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton after the jury returned its verdict. “With today’s conviction, we will be able to take him off the streets and put him behind bars where he cannot terrorize and cause mayhem any longer,” Leyton said.
As a “Super HO” habitual offender, Scales faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and an additional and consecutive 5 years for the second offense felony firearm convictions when he is sentenced on June 10th