Updated: 05/22/2014 7:07 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 12:13 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
The Rensselaer man who avoided rape charges due to a prosecutor's mistake pled guilty Thursday morning to a second rape.
This has been a back and forth case with a significant glitch.
After the plea deal in court, the acting District Attorney in Rensselaer County called John Halacy a "lousy criminal" because the charges against him seem to be piling up.
In November, Halacy's rape charges were downgraded after an Assistant District Attorney failed to file proper paperwork in the case.
But the 24-year-old still faced criminal charges in Albany County for stealing electronics from a Colonie home and he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in that case.
Thursday he was back in Rensselaer County court for a second rape case.
The victim, according to prosecutors, was 14 when it occurred in the City of Rensselaer.
Per Thursday’s plea agreement for the rape, Halacy will serve four years in state prison, concurrent with the Albany County sentence.
“That is as positive an outcome as we can have for this case which certainly was controversial and brought unfortunate attention on our office in previous months,” says Arthur Glass, Interim Rensselaer County District Attorney.
The ADA who didn't file the proper paperwork for the initial rape charge has since resigned.
Apparently Halacy also faces charges in East Greenbush.
According to what he told the judge Thursday morning in court, it is for aggravated harassment and criminal trespassing.