Brothers guilty in home invasion, rape face 30 years

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

A Hennepin County District Court Judge found Reggie and Deondre Bishop guilty of two counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of first-degree burglary in a vicious home invasion, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Reggie, 32, and Deondre, 31, agreed to a stipulated evidence trial by Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam. Monday, Quam found them guilty of the three charges against each of the brothers. Eight other charges were dropped as part of the agreement. A third defendant, Roynell Taylor, 32, pleaded guilty to the same three charges July 18 and he will be sentenced Aug. 19.

The Bishops will be sentenced, one after the other, Sept. 12. Under the agreement, if they were found guilty, they would be sentenced to 30 years in prison. Taylor also is expected to receive 30 years in prison.

“This is the result we expected when we took the case to the grand jury and it indicted them on 11 charges each,” Freeman said. “These are depraved men and we fully expect they will receive the very long prison terms they so richly deserve.”

According to the criminal complaints, about 11 p.m. on July 19, 2015, a 14-year-old girl who lived in a house in North Minneapolis, went downstairs into the kitchen and was confronted by three men with guns and wearing white masks. They took the girl upstairs and shouted at the girl’s mother, demanding to know where the money was. The men searched for money, then raped both women and eventually left with televisions, a laptop and a cell phones.