Suspects Beaten in Home Invasion Sentenced to Prison
Updated: Friday, February 1 2013, 07:33 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- Two men convicted of a home invasion have been sentenced by the court system after first receiving punishment at the hands of their victims.
Mohammed Ibrahim and Mohammed Noor, both 25, were each sentenced to more than 50 years in prison Friday, after a jury convicted them on 25 counts stemming from a home invasion at 3740 Eakin Road in Southwest Columbus last January.
According to prosecutors, the gunmen donned masks as they broke into the apartment in search of money and drugs. Upon entry, they allegedly ordered 11 people inside the apartment to drop to the floor.
"Eleven people wondered if they were going to die that night," prosecutor Mark Wodarcyk said during sentencing proceedings. "Eleven people were threatened, kicked and, in one case, shot."
The 11 victims were held on the floor for at least 40 minutes while Ibrahim and Noor fruitlessly searched for drugs. After the suspects allegedly pistol whipped one man and shot another (the suspects claim the gun fired accidentally) -- the victims turned the tables on the assailants.
The men grabbed baseball bats and severely beat Ibrahim and Noor, then called police. Pictures of the suspects strapped to hospital beds were shown to their jurors during trial.
Due to the beatings, Judge David Cain reduced the men's sentences by more than 70 years.
"I did take into account that they were beaten to a pulp," Judge Cain said from the bench.
He still handed down a 57 year prison sentence to Ibrahim and a 63 year sentence to Noor, who was on probation and awaiting trail on two separate cases at the time of the home invasion.
Both gunmen said they were sorry for their actions in court; each plans to appeal.
Reporter: Lisa Rantala
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