Guilty Plea Agreements have been circulated among the Cytherea home invasion and sexual assault case defendants, and at least three have admitted guilt.
In February, TRPWL first reported that beloved adult star Cytherea and her family were victims of a horrific home invasion Jan. 19, 2015 at their house in southwestern Las Vegas.
Three suspects in the Martin Luther King Day attack, Qumaire Rainey, 18; Edward London, 17; and Casey Franks, 16, were arrested by Las Vegas Metro detectives, who were working with the North Las Vegas Police Department on a related case.
The three were indicted by a Clark County, Nevada grand jury on March 25, and arraigned April 9 in District Court.
Rainey was indicted on 16 counts, six of which are for sexual assault. Franks was indicted on 28 counts, including home invasion, sexual assault, grand larceny auto, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and impersonating an officer. London faced 32 counts, including robbery, larceny, conspiracy and kidnapping, but is not charged with sexual assault.
They all pleaded not guilty, and remain in custody at the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $1 million apiece.
A fourth defendant allegedly connected to the crime spree, Latoine Morris, 21, was arrested in March for robbery and grand larceny auto, and was indicted on 19 counts. He also pleaded not guilty.
Two additional teen-aged suspects were arrested in the case in February: Arian Landum and Jamaal Little, the alleged co-conspirators who were mentioned in the indictment in relation to the home invasion but not indicted with the others.
In May, TRPWL published official court documents that detailed the harrowing events of Jan. 19 – 20, 2015.
According to prosecutors, Las Vegas Metro police were alerted to an apparent crime spree with the report of a carjacking. The indictment states that London and Morris stole a couple’s 1996 Toyota Corolla and other personal property.
On the night of Jan 19, Metro officers were dispatched to a home in a southwest Las Vegas, in response to a report of a home invasion, robbery and sexual assault. Cytherea, her husband, her two small children, and the children’s grandmother, were inside the house when a gang of five attackers kicked in the door to the home at around 9:30 p.m. The home was ransacked, the occupants held at gunpoint, and Cytherea was raped.
According to the Indictment, London, Franks, Rainey and two other young men, Arian Landum and Jamaal Little, both aged 17, were the home invaders.
Early the next morning, North Las Vegas police responded to a report of another home invasion. The victim, a female occupant, told police that three men kicked in the door of her an apartment on East Deer Springs Way. She confronted them with her own gun, but they claimed to be police. The men ransacked the residence, taking electronics, guns and the woman’s car.
Using the woman’s iPhone locator, they tracked the stolen car. After chasing two cars, police arrested Rainey, London and Franks.
Metro detectives, working with North Las Vegas police on this case, identified the three as suspects in the brutal home invasion at Cytherea’s residence.
Authorities report that Franks, London, and Rainey have criminal histories and knew each other from detention. Morris has an open felony drug case from earlier in January.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, at the same time in 2014 Rainey and London attended the “minimally secure Spring Mountain Youth Camp”, where Rainey was “a constant discipline problem.”
Before Rainey departed Spring Mountain, he committed numerous rules violations and spent almost all his spare “home” time on restrictive status. He struggled the entire time he was in placement and wasn’t a candidate for less supervision.
“This is a young man who shouldn’t have been released,” one source requesting anonymity said. “He shouldn’t have come to Spring Mountain in the first place. And he shouldn’t have gone from Spring Mountain to a group home.”
Far from improving in the motivation-based system at Spring Mountain, Franks committed a drug violation and was kicked off the school’s football team before the state championship. (At Spring Mountain, teens with improved behavior can earn weekend furloughs.)
Trial dates had originally been set for late July, but attorneys for the defendants and the District Attorney’s office have now apparently agreed upon Guilty Plea Agreements for several alleged members of the January crime spree.
On Aug. 20, Arian Landum, who was charged separately with Robbery and Burglary, signed a Guilty Plea Agreement in his case.
Landum is due back in court October 20, with sentencing set for January 2016.
Court minutes from a Sept. 17 hearing indicate that
With respect to Deft. London, … there has been an offer made and they are close on negotiations. [Chief Deputy District Attorney] Sweetin advised [that attorneys] Mr. Gill and Mr. Arnold represent the remaining [defendants,] everyone received a Guilty Plea Agreement and are contemplating negotiations.
In court on October 8, Amended Indictments were filed in the criminal case against Rainey, Franks, London and Morris, and both Rainey and Morris, signed Guilty Plea Agreements.
TRPWL has obtained copies of those court documents. Here are the filings that relate to Qumaire Rainey, who unlike London was identified as one of the invaders of Cytherea’s home.
Rainey’s Amended Indictment:
Rainey’s Guilty Plea Agreement:
At the moment, sentencing has been put off until January 2016, likely to give the courts enough time to resolve the cases against all the remaining crime spree defendants. However, the agreements make it clear that jail time and (at least for Rainey) Sex Offender registration will be ordered by the court.
The defendants who signed Guilty Plea Agreements, have also agreed to testify against their homies:
The next hearing in the case will be held on the morning of Oct. 29, and TRPWL will provide in-depth coverage.