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Falls man imprisoned for rape, assault on women

LOCKPORT – “Lester Scarbrough is a hard case,” his attorney said Wednesday as Scarbrough was sentenced to 8½ years in state prison – plus 20 years of post-release supervision – for raping a woman after he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend.

Scarborough, 31, of Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree rape and third-degree assault.

Court-appointed defense attorney Joseph Terranova said Scarbrough has served 11 months of the rape sentence in the County Jail, but he owes the state 19 months of extra time for violating parole on a 2008 robbery conviction. Scarbrough also spent two years in prison from 2003-05 for a pair of burglaries.

“You won’t find a more imperfect person than Lester Scarbrough. He’s not the kind of person you would call citizen of the year,” Terranova told Sheldon. But he asked the judge to strike a probation officer’s comment in a presentencing report that said, “The defendant does not have any positive attributes to note at this time.”

Terranova said Scarbrough has “an IQ of 81, which is borderline.” He said Scarbrough started a sexual relationship with the rape victim after selling her marijuana, but ended up holding her against her will from March 19-24. That period began the day after he assaulted his girlfriend.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco called Scarbrough “a very violent individual who has a history of drug abuse.”