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New Ken man sentenced in 2012 break-in

| Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
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Ian Timothy Johnson

A New Kensington man recently was sentenced to 17 to 40 years in jail for a 2012 violent home invasion.

Ian Timothy Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty to burglary, three counts of robbery with threat of immediate serious injury, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by threat of forcible compulsion, and a count of illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents, in January 2012 Johnson and two other men, Terry Houston and Akeem Francher, broke into a house on the 300 block of McCargo Street.

The trio beat two men who were in the house and demanded money. A woman who was at the house testified that Johnson put a gun to her head and sexually assaulted her.

The woman said the men pistol-whipped her two friends, who were watching movies at the house at the time of the invasion.

She testified that Johnson, Houston and Francher broke bottles over the victims' heads and forced them to punch each other for their amusement.

In her testimony, the woman said, the men repeatedly said they were looking for money “the knew was there.”

When they only found $5, they became angry and violent.

Houston, 30, was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in jail for his role in the burglary. Francher, 23, was sentenced to 4 to 10 years in jail for his involvement.

Westmoreland County Judge John E. Blahovec mandated that Johnson register as a violent sexual predator for the rest of his life upon his release from jail.

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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