A sex offender who admitted to raping a 13-year-old girl after previously admitting to raping a 14-year-old girl will serve a total of 13.5 years in state prison.
Michael Vedder, 26, of Scotia, pleaded guilty in April to a series of charges, including second-degree rape.
Acting County Court Judge Louise Sira sentenced him Wednesday to 6.5 years in state prison for that offense. The sentence is to run consecutively to 7 years he received for violating his probation in the earlier rape case.
Vedder admitted to raping the girl in Glenville and Rotterdam in the summer of 2015, prosecutor John Carson has said.
Vedder worked to ingratiate himself with the girl and her family, making efforts to come across as a good person there to help the family, Carson said.
He also lied to her family about his age, saying he was 18, and lied to his own family about her age, saying she was 18, Carson said.
In court Wednesday, Carson argued for an eight-year sentence, the top of the agreed-upon sentencing range.
He argued Vedder already received the benefit of the plea deal and has done nothing to warrant anything but the top sentence.
But for the victim’s relief at not having to testify, Carson said he would have otherwise asked the judge give Vedder his plea back and set the case back on course for trial.
“He has presented no mitigating circumstances that would suggest he deserves an additional benefit,” Carson said in court.
Vedder’s attorney, James Tyner, argued for the minimum under the deal, five years.
Vedder told the court he wanted to make himself a better person so he won’t end up back in prison. “I am truly sorry for what I’ve done,” Vedder said.
Sira settled on the 6.5-year sentence for the total term of 13.5 years.
Vedder previously pleaded guilty in the 2011 rape case and received six months in jail and 10 years probation. He also was listed as a Level 1 sex offender.
His probation officer and Glenville police began investigating him in August 2015 concerning the latest relationship and got enough to make the arrest in January 2016, Carson said.