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Oralandar Brand-Williams

A possible plea deal is in the works for a man suspected and charged in a string of home invasions and sexual assaults in Wayne County.

Ikeie Smith is charged in connection with nine home invasions and rapes in western Wayne County communities in 2014 and 2016. He is suspected of home invasions and rapes in 35 Metro Detroit communities going back five years.

Smith, a Redford Township resident, was charged in cases involving attacks in Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City and Inkster.

He was arrested last September by law-enforcement officers from a multi-jurisdictional task force that included Michigan State Police and the FBI.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Danielle Bennetts told Third Circuit Cynthia Gray Hathaway on Friday during a final pre-trial conference that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is willing to offer 32-year-old Smith an “extremely, extremely reasonable” plea deal of 35 to 70 years behind bars. Smith would plead guilty in exchange as part of the plea in the deal.

If Smith goes to trial instead, he could face 141/2-21 years in prison if found guilty of one court of criminal sexual conduct alone.

Bennetts said the prosecutor’s office has discussed the offer with seven of nine of Smith’s alleged victims. They have to run it by two more before it will be a firm plea offer, Bennetts said.

Two of the women were out of town and not yet available.

Hathaway set a Feb. 3 hearing for Bennetts, defense attorney Wyatt Harris and Smith to come and discuss the possible deal.

If Smith decides to accept the plea, he would plead guilty to all of the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges against him. His sentences would run concurrent.

Smith asked that his defense attorney, Wyatt Harris, to be removed because “I have a lot motions to be filed.”

Harris told Hathaway he will look at Smith’s motions.


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