AMBERLEY VILLAGE, Ohio -- A Lima man convicted in a violent home invasion and robbery was sentenced Tuesday to 65 and a half years in prison.
Raj Houston, 21, was convicted in late June on charges including kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of weapons while under disability, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. A jury found him guilty on all 13 counts.
Houston turned down a plea deal for 18 years in prison.
In earlier court proceedings, officials said Houston and Darian Lawrence forced their way into an elderly couple's home in Amberly Village on July 11, 2012. Police said the pair then assaulted the couple and kidnapped an 80-year-old man.
Lawrence was arrested July 23, 2012, and police found two weapons and stolen property from the couple at his home.
Houston was arrested at his girlfriend's Allen County residence in August. During his arrest, officials said they found stolen property from the home invasion and robbery as well as the handgun allegedly used during the incident.
According to investigators, Houston and Lawrence knew each other from their time incarcerated together in juvenile detention facilities during a two-year span.
Lawrence faces 12 counts of charges, including aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and possession of weapons while under disability.
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