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Wrongly freed inmate sent to prison in rape

Rasheed I. Milton, who raped a Buffalo woman at knifepoint days after he was mistakenly released from a county jail, was sentenced Wednesday in State Supreme Court to eight years to life in prison after being convicted of predatory sexual assault and related charges.

Justice John L. Michalski also issued a 100-year order of protection for the victim, now 19, who was in court, and rejected Milton's bid for a new trial.

Jailed since his arrest a day after the rape in his sister's Dartmouth Avenue flat March 4, 2009, Milton thanked the judge and his court-assigned lawyer, Paul S. Piotrowski.

Milton, 27, is a former member of the Cash Money Gang in the city. Milton's weeklong jury trial ended with his conviction Nov. 13. In addition to predatory sexual assault, he was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment and weapons charges. He also faces sentencing in federal court on a drug conviction linked to his mistaken release from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden on Feb. 27, 2009.

Milton, who has a lengthy criminal record, also was convicted in Erie County Court of rape and sodomy two years ago.

Prosecutor Garrett Grieser said the 100-year order of protection, though unprecedented locally, has already been judged acceptable by the State Court of Appeals in Albany.


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