A man was sentenced to more than 162 years in prison for a string of home invasions and burglaries.
Sharvess Phipps was sentenced on Friday in connection with the “summer of terror.”
Phipps was one of a group of suspected burglars who broke into dozens of homes in south east Columbus.
“This is a vicious crime spree,” said Judge Richard Scheward of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. “This is a case that involved the most serious offenses short of murder.”
Victim Carol Dages spoke in court on Friday and talked about her experiences.
“I was very scared,” Dages said. “He was in my bedroom at the foot of my bed. He had to pass my child twice.”
Neighbor Jack Stephens said that he was assaulted by Phipps.
“He hit me over the head with a gun and broke my scalp,” Stephens said.
In court on Friday, the neighbors supported each other, as they said they did during the crime spree.
“I’m glad we got him off the streets, because he can’t do that to somebody else,” Stephens, 80, said.
Prosecutors said that Phipps had a lengthy criminal record and was awaiting sentencing in the same courtroom for other crimes while committing the spree of home invasions.
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