June 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Detroit man charged in break-in, sexual assault arraigned

Marcellus Romal Hill (Detroit Police Department)

Detroit — A man accused of strangling and sexually assaulting a woman nearly twice his age was arraigned Thursday, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Marcellus Romal Hill, 28, of Detroit with home invasion, kidnapping, unarmed robbery, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and strangulation, according to Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller.

Hill was granted $500,000 cash/surety bond on Thursday. A preliminary examination was scheduled for July 1 before Judge Michael Wagner.

Prosecutors say at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Hill entered the window of an apartment on the 10700 block of Santa Maria. Hill then held the 52-year-old tenant against her will and sexually assaulted her. Hill was arrested later in the day.

In September 2009, Hill pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation.

At the victim’s request, the original counts were dismissed in return for Hill’s plea. The victim had serious health concerns at the time.

In 2012, prosecutors were informed Hill violated his probation after which Judge Lawrence Talon extended Hill’s term of probation until Sept. 30, 2014, despite a prosecutor’s request for a jail sentence.

In 2013, prosecutors were not notified Hill had violated his probation a second time, and he was allowed to continue on his probation with no extension.

Prosecutors did not specify how Hill violated his probation in the two offenses.

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