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Man receives 7 life sentences for home invasion
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Man receives 7 life sentences for home invasion

ATLANTA -- A 22-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to seven life sentences plus 270 years in prison for a home invasion and police standoff.

Tyler Alexander Grogan faces 24 charges in the May 2, 2011 incident, including rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, false imprisonment, armed robbery, aggravated assault and criminal property damage.

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According to information presented in court, Grogan broke into a Roswell apartment, drew a gun on a couple inside and demanded drugs. He pistol-whipped one of the victims and took several hundred dollars from him.

Another woman inside the apartment hid in a closet and called 911, which led to a 10-hour SWAT standoff, according to Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones.

During the standoff, Grogan briefly stood on the apartment's balcony and fired shots at police, and also cut a hole in the wall to get into the apartment next door, Jones said.

Grogan eventually released his male hostage, but kept the man's girlfriend in the apartment, where he sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. He then fell asleep on the couch, which gave the woman a chance to escape, and allowed police to storm the apartment and arrest Grogan.

Before the standoff, Grogan had been arrested in Fulton County at least seven times on a variety of charges, from assault to drug possession to aggravated sodomy.

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