FLINT, MI – Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton reports that a Flint man was sentenced to prison today after a jury convicted him last month for a 2016 sexual assault near downtown Flint.
Dontez Martell Howard, 22-years-old, was sentenced to 37 ½ to 60 years in prison for the April 14, 2016 assault near the Harrison Street bridge on the north end of downtown Flint.
Last month, a Genesee County jury convicted Howard of two counts of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and one count of Unarmed Robbery. Evidence presented at trial indicated that Howard and co-defendant Scott Devontae-Marquez Gill, 21-years-old, also of Flint, had met the victim earlier that day and she gave them her phone number. Later that night, Howard and Gill called and met up with the victim and the three went for a walk near downtown. When they approached the Harrison Street bridge, Howard and Gill tackled her, stole her purse and coat, and then repeatedly raped her.
The victim ran to a local bar and called 9-1-1. Flint Police responded and, in cooperation with University of Michigan-Flint police, were able to identify and apprehend Howard and Gill.
Gill previously plead guilty to one count of CSC 1st back in September and testified against Howard at trial. Last month, Gill was sentenced to 15 to 25 years in prison.