Rohde’s plea was an “Alford plea,” or a non-admission plea, where the defendant agrees to a deal, but one that does not involve an admission from the defendant. With the Alford plea, however, the defendant admits there is sufficient evidence to convict.
Glazer said the decision to allow Rohde to go back to work was solely up to Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour. Voutour did not return a call seeking comment.
In February, Rohde’s attorney, George V.C. Muscato, said his client wanted to get back to work as soon as possible. Rohde has been a sheriff’s deputy for eight years, receiving an award from the sheriff’s office in 2006.
While they may agree on the sentence, the victim’s family doesn’t agree on that.
The father of the victim said the entire affair has been difficult for his daughter and family. And while he was happy with the sentence, he does not want Rhode to return to the sheriff’s department.
“We’re comfortable with it, although we would’ve like to see jail time,” the father said. “Our goal is to make sure he doesn’t get his job back.”