Jury Convicts Sterling Heights, Shelby Men of Assaulting, Imprisoning Dakota Students
A jury convicted Vincent Bosca and Allen Brontkowski Thursday on charges of extortion, unlawful imprisonment, assault and felony firearm related to a June 2011 incident, in which three teens were beaten and held against their will in Bosca's home.
Two men from Sterling Heights and Shelby Township were convicted Thursday on charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment, extortion and felony firearm stemming from their involvement in a June 2011 attack on four Dakota High School students.
A jury found both Vincent Bosca, 46, of Sterling Heights, and Allen Brontkowski, 46, of Shelby Township, guilty of multiple charges that guarantee at least two years in prison. A third man involved in the assault, Gerald H. King Jr., 46 of Sterling Heights, plead guilty to the same 10 counts originally faced by Brontkowski and testified against the two men last week. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.
Bosca and Brontkowski, who had been free on bond, were taken to the Macomb County Jail following Thursday's trial to await their Aug. 30 sentencing in Macomb County Circuit Court.
The three men are accused of luring four teens to Bosca's Sterling Hights home on June 13, 2011 and proceeding to imprison, beat and terrorize them for several hours.
King testified last week that Bosca laid out the trap after the teens broke into Bosca's home several days before. While the initial plan was to scare the boys before calling police, the situation became violent when the teens fought back.
The jury announced their verdict Thursday after about three hours of deliberations, according to the Daily Tribune. Bosca and Brontkowski were convicted as charged. However, the Daily Tribune reports the charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm was reduced to assault with a dangerous weapon for Bosca and a misdemeanor assault and battery for Brontkowski.
Bosca also was convicted of two marijuana-related charges.
Extortion carries a 20-year maximum sentence, while unlawful imprisonment has a maximum sentence of 15 years; assault with a dangerous weapon is four years; assault and battery is 93 days; and felony firearm is a mandatory two years. The marijuana charges combined are punishable by up to six additional years in prison.