STILLWATER, Minn., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man was sentenced to three 12-year prison terms for raping four teenage girls and shooting a friend in August 2012.
Demetrius Ballinger, 26, of Stillwater also received concurrent terms of 30 years and nearly 18 years when he was sentenced Monday in Washington County District Court, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. He is likely to spend at least 24 years behind bars, the newspaper said.
Ballinger pleaded guilty in June to four counts of criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted murder.
The charges stem from an incident in a Woodbury motel. The criminal complaint stated Ballinger was in a motel room with 11 other people, including three girls, each 16, and one girl, 15. Authorities said he pulled out a gun and held them all hostage, assaulting the girls as police surrounded the building, and fired at a friend, Mark Henderson.
Henderson was shot and killed by police as he exited the building.
Judge Ellen Maas also ordered a lifetime conditional-release requirement in sentencing Ballinger.
"He will never be left unsupervised," she said.