One of two brothers who savagely beat a prostitute was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan for an assault in late May.
Peter James Versluys will serve between 23 and 50 years for armed robbery and first-degree criminal sexual conduct causing injury. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber also slapped him with a 6- to 15-year term for savagely beating the victim after he and his twin brother had sex with her. The sentences will run concurrent.
During sentencing Thursday,Versluys said he had been drinking and was high on LSD during the attack.
His brother, Michael Versluys, opted to take his chances before a jury in October.
The 29-year-old twins had just finished a sexual engagement with the woman when Peter held her down and Michael pummeled her in the head with a club as she begged for her life, according to court testimony.
The assault ended with the brothers ripping off the woman’s pants trying to get money out of her pockets.
The May 26 assault left the victim disfigured; she suffered nine broken bones. Doctors used metal pins and screws to fuse her bones and pieced her scalp together with eight surgical staples. She was hospitalized several days in serious condition.
She was left to die in an abandoned home. She said she managed to walk out in a blanket and seek help at a nearby store.
Peter Versluys was on probation for passing bad checks in Ottawa County when the assault occurred.
Prison records show that he has six tattoos. A chest tattoo reads “kill ’em all.”