DECATUR — Cameo McCrory, 21, and Charles E. Reed, 22, were each arraigned Friday morning on 14 felony counts, for allegedly breaking into a near-northside house May 17, forcing two women and two men to perform sex acts at gunpoint, torturing the women with a homemade blowtorch and robbing a man at another location a few hours later.
If convicted of all crimes, each defendant is facing 150 years in prison, to be served at a rate of 85 percent, said Nichole Kroncke, First Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney.
The two males, both of Decatur, appeared separately before Associate Judge Timothy Steadman, who offered to read the charges to each of them. They declined the offer and accepted copies of their charges. They claimed to be indigent and were assigned public defenders.
They were each charged with 14 Class X felonies: two counts of aggravated battery (heinous battery), for burning two women with a blowtorch; five counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, for ordering victims to perform sex acts and assaulting one victim; two counts of home invasion, for entering the home on the 500 block of East Grand Avenue without permission and threatening victims with a shotgun; four counts of aggravated kidnapping for transporting four victims to another location; and one count of armed robbery, for robbing a male victim at gunpoint.
Reed and McCrory
are being held in the Macon County Jail on $150,000 bond, pending their preliminary hearings in circuit court June 12.