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October 12, 2012

Felvus gets 15 years

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lockport man is going to spend 15 years in state prison for an attempted rape of an 8-year-old child.

Robert M. Felvus, 20, 55 Adam St., was sentenced Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara S. Farkas. Felvus was also sentenced to 15 years of post-release supervision.

In July, Felvus pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted rape, a class C nonviolent felony.

Felvus admitted to attempting to rape the child back in December. The rape charge resulted in a violation of probation for Felvus, who was convicted in 2008 on an arson charge and placed on five years probation. Felvus also had not finished paying restitution to the arson victims and an alcoholic container was found in his home during a probation officer visit.

Farkas gave Felvus a one-year Niagara County Jail sentence for the probation violation, but it will run concurrent with the rape sentence. He will also register as a sex offender.

Public Defender Christopher Privateer said while it did not excuse his actions, Felvus’ upbringing has been partially responsible. Privateer said Felvus was abused as a child and moved from home to home frequently. Felvus has never been in a normal situation, his attorney said.

”It reflects what he has learned throughout his life,” Privateer said. “You have to protect society, he has to be punished, he understands that.”

Farkas agreed with Privateer, but it was not an excuse.

“Your family, or lack thereof, and to a degree the system, has created a monster,” the judge said. “Your background explains, it is what you know. It’s frightening, it makes you dangerous.”

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