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Decade in prison for rapist of 10-year-old

Published: Fri, November 14, 2008 @ 3:26 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A 29-year-old Meadowbrook Avenue man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a single count of raping a 10-year-old boy in 2002.

Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court imposed the maximum sentence Friday on Nicholas C. Congemi, who must serve the full decade in prison.

In the plea deal, the prosecution agreed to drop two other rape counts and one count of gross sexual imposition.

The single rape count to which Congemi pleaded guilty was reduced from one carrying a potential life prison term to a charge carrying three to 10 years in prison.

Dawn Cantalamessa, assistant county prosecutor, recommended the full 10 years in prison for Congemi.

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1JMamo121(14 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

Leniency in a rape crime?
Ten years is far less than I would expect, if I were the boy's parent's.

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2YoungstownMom(46 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

If I was the boy's parent, he would not serve the 10 years. It would be hard to do that 6 feet under.

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3isaac45(413 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

i commented on this, in similar terms as above, when it was first talked about a few weeks back, and my comment disappeared. obviously we don't know all the details, but it does sound soft. the prosecutor agreed however.

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4MinisterD(25 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

As I am concerned the lack of justice isn't in the plea deal, it is the maximum sentence. Plea Deals are good for the expediting the judicial process, and the best reason to take a plea deal in this type of case, is to keep the victim from having to testify, but ten years? That is the maximum allowed for this type of crime? In another country he would have been stoned to death.

This is one of those times when the punishment does not fit the crime.

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