The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled Friday that the 22-year prison sentence imposed on Robert E. MacLeod for sexually assaulting a Japanese tourist in Niagara Falls State Park was too severe.
The five-judge panel threw out MacLeod's conviction on one of two robbery counts and ordered that his sentence on the other robbery charge should be served simultaneously with his sentence for a sexual abuse conviction. The result was to shorten his sentence to 15 years.
MacLeod, now 46, attacked Koyuki Nakahara of Tokyo on Christmas night 2015. The appellate court ruled there should have been only one robbery charge, not two, and decided that making the sentences consecutive was "unduly harsh and severe under the circumstances of this case."