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‘Dangerous predator’ sentenced to up to 30 years in prison

A Dowagiac man who broke into a woman’s home in August 2015 and tried to assault her was sentenced Friday morning.

Ramon Caldwell was sentenced to between 18 and 30 years in prison on charges of home invasion and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

In sentencing comments, Judge Michael E. Dodge referred to Caldwell as a danger to society, particularly women.

Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz indicated at sentencing that “Caldwell is a dangerous predator, a liar and a perjurer.” He also praised the two most recent victims who fought back, which led to his being caught.

The current victim said she woke up at 4 a.m. and found Caldwell beside her bed with his pants down and genitals exposed.

The victim kicked Caldwell in the groin and escaped.

It was his third sex offense conviction.

He had previously been convicted of a similar crime in 2005. For that he was also convicted of home invasion first degree and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration. He received a 7-20 prison sentence for this crime.

He was convicted of incest against a minor in Memphis, Tennessee in 2004. He received a three year prison sentence for this crime.

Caldwell also has a July 3rd, 2003 domestic violence conviction in Dowagiac, Michigan.

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