Guilderland man gets 37 years for UAlbany dorm rape

February 05, 2018 01:37 PM

ALBANY – The man who raped a UAlbany student learned his fate. If it stays true to form, Franklin Casatelli won't leave prison until 2055.

The victim of the crime wasn't able to speak. That's what she told Assistant District Attorney Shannon Sarfoh Monday morning before the sentencing of rapist Franklin Casatelli.

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So, instead, Albany County Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin allowed the victim's sister to deliver the family's impact statement.

In part, she told Casatelli: "For this beautiful young woman has an entire community of people that love and respect her. Her pain is our pain…

"…She learns, she grows, she gives and she loves," taking a long pause, "the second thing of which I am certain is that this world is a better place and a safer place because Mr. Casatelli has been removed from society…

"You have committed one of the worst crimes that you can commit against another human. You took away my sister's choice. The choice over her own body and the apathy that you have shown is disgraceful…

"She is a strong and amazing woman and an infinitely better person than you will ever be…

"You will forever more be defined as a sexual predator, a rapist. It will determine where you live, where you work and every association you have for the rest of your life and that gives me some peace."

WEB EXTRA: Full family impact statement -- not seen on TV

After that, Sarfoh, the Special Victim's Bureau Chief, cited case precedent to have Casatelli's rape and burglary convictions run consecutively to which Judge Breslin reviewed and agreed with: 22 years for the rape, 15 for the burglary.

Casatelli is filing an appeal.


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