Saturday, October 1, 2016

Wyoming County: Man to get 15 years for sexual assault

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Charles T. Braun, 67, formerly of Perry, entered a plea of guilty in Wyoming County Court to Attempted Rape in the First Degree, a class C violent felony, in full satisfaction of his 5-count indictment. With his potential jury trial scheduled to commence on October 11th, Braun entered the bargained-for guilty plea before Wyoming County Court Judge Michael M. Mohun.
The defendant’s conviction stems from his criminal actions on March 13-14, 2015. Braun abducted his female victim at gunpoint from her residence in the Town of York, Livingston County; transported her to his apartment in the Village of Perry, Wyoming County; held her there against her will and then sexually assaulted her.
A Livingston County jury convicted the defendant of Kidnapping and three related crimes in November 2015. Livingston County Court Judge Dennis Cohen sentenced him to a state prison sentence of 15 years plus 5 years post-release supervision on March 17, 2016. Braun is currently serving that sentence as a state inmate.
The promised sentence in Wyoming County will be a concurrent term of 15 years and 5 years post-release supervision. Braun will be a registered sex offender and may be subject to civil confinement at the end of his term. The defendant waived his right to appeal.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 21, 2016. The Court granted the defendant’s application to waive his appearance at sentencing.
The Wyoming County case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Eric R. Schiener and the defendant was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.
ADA Schiener states, "The plea offer was originally made in March and has remained open, even at this late date, in an effort to avoid putting the victim through the stress and strain of another trial."
The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office would like to commend the hard work and collaborative efforts of the Perry Police Department, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office that resulted in the apprehension and successful prosecution of the defendant.