Red Roof suspect pleads guilty to attempted murder, rape charges
The man accused of holding a group of people hostage in 2012 during a deadly night at Woodbury's Red Roof Inn will spend at least 24 years in prison under a plea agreement reached Thursday.
Demetrius Santreell Ballinger, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts, including criminal sexual conduct and attempted murder. Other charges, including aggravated robbery, were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
The plea agreement calls for Ballinger to receive at least a 24-year prison sentence.
During Thursday's hearing, Ballinger admitted to accusations set forth in a criminal complaint, which alleged he shot at a man attempting to flea a room Aug. 31, 2012, at the Red Roof, then held several people hostage inside the room. During the four-hour standoff with police, Ballinger sexually assaulted female hostages, ages 15 and 16, the complaint states.
Check back for more details from Thursday's court hearing.