NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of beating a woman in a brutal home invasion caught on a nanny cam has been sentenced to life in prison plus five years.
In this July 2, 2013, file photo, Shawn Custis, center right, is escorted from an arraignment hearing by Sheriff Armando Fontoura, left, Sgt. Marco Vulpi, center left, and sheriff’s officer Curtis Jones, right, at Essex County Superior Court in Newark, N.J. A jury began deliberating charges against Custis on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, including attempted murder and robbery, related to a 2013 home invasion caught on a home security video. The Newark, N.J., resident’s lawyer says a police officer’s racist remarks captured on the video tainted the investigation. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Shawn Custis was convicted June 1 of aggravated assault, robbery and other crimes for the 2013 attack in Millburn. At Wednesday’s sentencing, the judge called Custis “vicious, depraved and evil.”
The woman’s 3-year-old daughter was also home at the time but wasn’t injured. The woman survived and testified against Custis.
The beating lasted several minutes. The attacker also kicked the woman threw her down a flight of stairs.
Custis’s attorney argued that the police investigation was biased because a white officer responding to the crime scene was heard on video using a racial slur. Custis is black.