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Syracuse man gets the maximum sentence in rape case

LOCKPORT – A Syracuse man who raped and impregnated a 16-year-old girl was sentenced to the maximum 15 years in state prison and 15 years of post release supervision. He also will register as a sex offender.

Michael E. Freeman, 61, a carnival worker at the Niagara County Fair last year, previously pleaded to attempted first-degree rape.

“The crime you committed violates the social fabric of our lives,” Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Freeman,

Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said the girl was put in the “very difficult position” to end the pregnancy and called the crime “reprehensible.”

The young woman was unable to speak in court, said Sloma, but had come three hours from Syracuse to see through on the case. About a dozen members of Bikers Against Child Abuse also joined the victim as a show of support.

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