Sentencing Delayed for Man Charged in Assault of 3 Dakota Teens
Gerald Henry King Jr. of Sterling Heights is expected to finish testifying in court Tuesday regarding his alleged involvement in the June 2011 assault of three Dakota High School students.
A 46-year-old Sterling Heights man will soon be sentenced for his alleged involvement in the June 2011 assault of three Dakota High School students.
Gerald Henry King Jr. is expected to finish testifying Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in the trial of Vincent Bosca (Sterling Heights) and Allen Roy Brontkowski (Shelby Township), who, along with King, 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 Friday that Bosca laid out the trap after the teens broke into Bosca's home several days before. The initial plan was to scare the boys before calling police, but when the teens fought back, the situation became violent, with King punching and kicking the youths as well as threatening them with a running circular saw, according to the Press & Guide.
“I wanted to subdue them,” King is quoted as saying in the Press & Guide. “They had some brass notions about who they were and what they wanted to be. My adrenalin was going, high anxiety. The whole situation I think got to us all, an adrenalin high, not thinking straight.”
As a result of his efforts to "subdue" the teens, King faces 10 different charges, including assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, unlawful imprisonment and extortion–all felony crimes punishable by a maximum of 10 to 20 years in prison. King has plead guilty to these charges.
Bosca and Brontkowski face the same 10 counts, with Bosca facing the additional charge of manufacture or delivery of marijuana, and maintaining a drug house, as he had a medical marijuana caregiver license but was producing more than what was demanded by his patients, according to prosecutors.
During his testimony Friday, King admitted to hitting one boy in the leg and another in the arm with the back of a hatchet, according to the Press & Guide. Although King said he asked Bosca to call the police multiple times, the Press & Guide reports, “His response was he wanted to question them first and call police. It was Vince’s house. He was in command I guess.”
King also admitted to helping duct-tape the teens' arms and legs, after which he testified, “I knew at that point that we were not calling police. We were looking at trouble if police got involved," according to the Press & Guide.
After the trio released the teens, one of the boy's parents reported the alleged abduction and assault to police.
King is expected to finish his testimony Tuesday, after which the prosecution will likely rest its case. Sentencing will follow.