Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Conviction for rape after mistaken release from jail

A Buffalo, NY man who was mistakenly released from jail was convicted of predatory sexual assault - a crime which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. 27 year old Rasheed Milton was convicted of 2 counts of predatory sexual assault and a weapons count for raping an 18 year old woman at knifepoint earlier this year.

The crime occurred in the Dartmouth Avenue home of Milton's sister. Milton grabbed the victim as she was walking along Dartmouth and forced her into the house, where he assaulted her for four hours.Because of a bookkeeping error, Milton was freed from the county jail in Alden last Feb. 27 by mistake. He was arrested a day after the sex attack.

State Supreme Court Justice John J. Michalski, who presided over the trial, will sentence Milton on January 26, 2010. Prosecutor Aaron F. Glazer will urge the Erie County DA to recommend the maximum sentence. Milton also faces a federal sentence for drug trafficing.

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