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A registered sex offender from the state of Washington was sentenced Monday to 21 years to life in prison for luring a 9-year-old boy into an abandoned East Side home and then sodomizing him.

Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case imposed the prison term on Virgil Brown, 51, who was convicted last month of predatory sexual assault against a child in connection with the Sept. 2, 2012, attack on the boy who was walking his puppy on Howard Street.

The boy’s mother told the judge that her son is gradually recovering thanks to the counseling and family support he is receiving.

She urged the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 25 years to life on Brown, who has family in the Buffalo area and was paroled in 2007 in Washington after serving a 12-year prison term for raping a juvenile there.

The judge took note of Brown’s earlier conviction in sentencing him for the attack on the Buffalo boy.

“What happened to that little boy was heart-wrenching and despicable, particularly in light of your conviction for a similar act in Washington,” he told Brown.

“You served your 12 years, then came here and did the same thing to this little boy.”

The judge said he hoped that with the sentence he imposed, “little boys everywhere can rest easier.”

He noted that the case had been a long, drawn-out matter, with four attorneys representing Brown at different points in the proceedings – all at taxpayer expense, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

He said the many motions that Brown filed in the case were only designed to delay the trial. “But now justice needs to be served,” he said.

The jury at Brown’s weeklong trial deliberated 15 minutes March 4 before convicting him.

Joseph J. Terranova, Brown’s attorney, told the judge he found it curious that Brown chose not to be present in court during his trial, even though he had been actively engaged in every other part of the case before trial.

He also said his client, who is indigent, doesn’t want to file an appeal and has refused to sign a request for assignment of an attorney to appeal the conviction.

But he said he would file an appeal on his behalf.

“The more one tries to help him, the more he rejects it,” he said of his client.

Terranova said it was difficult for him to make an argument in favor of Brown at sentencing because his client has refused to cooperate with him.

He told the judge that any sentence he imposes is likely to be a life sentence because of Brown’s age and the likelihood that if Brown is ever paroled, he will face civil incarceration under the state mental health law.

Brown told the judge he didn’t attend his trial because he said the trial and his incarceration were illegal.

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