Three Rivers man faces life sentence

A Three Rivers man will face life in prison after a St. Joseph County Circuit Court jury returned a verdict of guilty on five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct last week.

The three victims were ages 3 and 5 when the assaults took place in Burr Oak.

Demetrius Ivory, 45, will be sentenced July 1 to a minimum of 25 years in prison. He was taken into custody and placed in the St. Joseph County jail until sentencing.

Van Buren County prosecuting attorney Susan Zuiderveen handled the state’s case because St. Joseph County Prosecutor David Marvin was involved in the case before his election.

Jurors convicted Ivory of sexually assaulting three granddaughters of his girlfriend at her Burr Oak home, September to November 2018.

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