Home invaders sentenced to 20 years

Two men were sentenced to 20 years for their part in a string of home invasions in north Fulton County.

A Fulton County jury on Tuesday convicted Demarkus Grier,18, and 20-year-old Demarcus Graham of a host of charges, including multiple counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft by taking, false imprisonment, theft by taking and gun possession while committing a felony.

The duo broke into a Milton home on April 18 and ordered the home owner at gunpoint, taking his money, shotgun and computer before fleeing from the house, court officials said.

On May 5, Graham and Grier were with two other men when they entered a home in Roswell. There, they encountered the homeowner's ex-husband, and at gunpoint, ordered him to the floor and took $200.

They then robbed the homeowner of her jewelry and her high-end car, court officials said.

On the morning of May 31, Grier, Graham and one other man climbed the fence of the gated Club Court subdivision in Alpharetta and stole two computers and a video game from a home there, authorities said.

At a second home, a man sleeping on the couch awoke to find two of the masked robbers pointing guns at his head. When his wife walked in, the couple was ordered into the kitchen at gunpoint, and the robbers stole their television, computer, jewelry and Cadillac Escalade, police said.

When the men fled, shortly before 7 a.m., the couple called 9-1-1 to report the incident, police said.

The third man left in a different car, while Graham and Grier took the Cadillac down Ga. 400 where a Milton police officer saw them.

Alpharetta and Milton police chased the SUV for 25 miles into downtown Atlanta, with speeds exceeding 100 mph at times, police said.

The SUV crashed on Old Bankhead Highway in Atlanta and burst into flames. Police were able to arrest Grier and Graham.

Tuesday, several of the victims of the robberies were in court and asked that Graham and Grier be severely punished, said Yvette Brown, spokeswoman for Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard.

The two were sentenced by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell, and face similar charges in Forsyth County, court officials said.