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COA upholds tougher sentence

By: Kristy O'Malley//November 19, 2015

COA upholds tougher sentence

By: Kristy O'Malley//November 19, 2015//

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ALBANY — New York’s highest court has upheld the maximum prison sentence for a man who rejected a plea bargain of a decade on probation if he admitted raping a neighbor’s child.

The Court of Appeals agrees with Antonio Martinez that judges shouldn’t be vindictive to defendants who exercise their right to trial, but concludes his 10-to-20 year sentence was lawful based on the heinousness of the crime, his lack of stated remorse and the victim’s statement at sentencing.

Martinez was convicted of molesting his neighbor’s six-year-old daughter multiple times in 1998 and 1999, which she told her mother in 2007.

The five-judge majority says another reason for the difference was a guilty plea would have protected the girl from testifying.

Judge Eugene Pigott Jr. disagreed, saying judges at minimum need to explain far tougher sentences.


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