METAIRIE, La. -- A 22-year-old New Orleans man has admitted forcing his way into an elderly couple's Metairie home, robbing them and sexually assaulting their live-in nurse.
Charles Adams then was sentenced Monday to 541/2 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated burglary, second-degree kidnapping, sexual battery and illegal possession of a gun.
Adams still awaits trial in New Orleans, where he's accused of committing two similar crimes within weeks of the Metairie home invasion.
In the Metairie case, Adams admitted he was one of three men who on Aug. 31, 2011, at 3 a.m. forced their way into the home and demanded money. Authorities have not identified the other two gunmen.
Prosecutors Jody Fortunato and Jeff Hufft were preparing to take Adams to trial this week when his attorney, Marceline Bleich, said Monday that he wanted to plead guilty.
The homeowners were both 82 at the time, and the wife has since died. The nurse, then 58, had only $5 in her purse, so she was forced to drive to an automatic teller machine, prosecutors said in court documents.
Unable to withdraw anything from one ATM, she was forced to a second one, where she withdrew the maximum $300 that the bank allowed, prosecutors said. Back at the couples' home, the nurse was told to keep her head covered with a towel while the gunmen ransacked the residence, prosecutors said.
Adams then ordered the nurse to insert a telephone receiver in her vagina, prosecutors said in court records. Unable to do so, she was tied up with telephone cord and bound with duct tape.
The gunmen fled the residence with two cars, the nurse's and the elderly man's. Authorities found the nurse's car a month later. It had been burned. The man's car was recovered five weeks after it was stolen, prosecutors said.
The nurse was unable to identify Adams from a photographic line-up, but the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office found his DNA on a cigarette and a juice container at the couple's home.
State District Judge Stephen Enright sentenced Adams to 491/2 years in prison for the crimes and added five years under state law's firearm enhancement, because Adams used a gun during the armed robbery. He was barred from guns because of a 2011 simple burglary conviction in New Orleans, prosecutors said.