LOCKPORT – A Lockport man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision for his role in the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl.
Robert M. Felvus, 20, of Adam Street, admitted to attempted first-degree rape on July 5 and received the maximum sentence allowed as part of his felony plea bargain. If Felvus had not taken the deal in July, he could have faced life in prison on any one of the four counts of predatory sexual assault against a child that were in his indictment.
Felvus also admitted in July that he violated the terms of a sentence for two felony arson charges he received in 2009. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who imposed the sex abuse sentence, also sentenced Felvus to one year in Niagara County Jail on each probation violation, which will be served concurrently with the sex offense sentence. He will also be registered as a sex offender.
“What he did with an 8-year-old child was inexcusable. Nothing mitigates this,” Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said, “He had called her the aggressor, saying she initiated this."
Public Defender Christopher Privateer said his client was abused as a child.
“I don’t have any other way to describe his life other than a train wreck," Privateer said.