Queensbury sexual predator gets 100 years

Posted at: 06/25/2013 11:44 AM | Updated at: 06/25/2013 6:21 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

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Michael Hagaman, seen here at a court appearamce in September 2012, was sentenced to 100 years to life for the rape of a 1-year-old boy.

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QUEENSBURY - Michael Hagaman has a long history of sexually assaulting children.

Last May, just a couple weeks after serving a prison sentence for sexually abusing a five-year-old, Hagaman began attacking a 23-month old.

He was sentenced Tuesday for repeatedly raping the child.

"The child was so young, the testimony indicated that you had to remove the child's diaper to have sex with the child," said Warren County Judge John Hall before he doled out the punishment.

"In my 11 years with the District Attorney's office, I don't think I've had a more heinous crime than this," said Kevin Donlon, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case.

A jury found Hagaman guilty of four counts of predatory sexual assault of a child. Each count carries a maximum of 25-years to life and the district attorney was asking that he serve 100 years to life.

But the defense attorney argued that the court went lightly on Hagaman's boyfriend and co-defendant, Anthony Merrill, who also admitted raping the child. Merrill pled guilty, testified against Hagaman and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by 10 years post release supervision.

"But they're in here advocating that my client should be obligated to do in excess of 100 years," said Garfield Raymond, Hagaman's attorney.  "That's not justice and that's not the application of justice in this courtroom."

"If my co-defendant gets only five years and I get 100 years, I would agree with him that I don't think it's right," said the 28-year-old Hagaman.

Before Judge Hall sentenced Hagaman, he called him "depraved, dangerous and devious."

Hall then sentenced Hagaman to 100 years to life in state prison. His attorney says he plans to appeal.



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