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Sentence reduced to 6 years in child rape case



Published: Fri, December 3, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Michael Kaufman had once been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for the rape of two boys, but, after a decision by the appellate court and a plea agreement with prosecutors, he will be a free man in six years.

Kaufman, 42, of Youngstown, appeared for sentencing Thursday before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Kaufman earlier had pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault and one count of rape.

This was not the first time Kaufman appeared before Judge Krichbaum. Kaufman had been convicted by a jury in March 2008 of raping the two boys.

Judge Krichbaum, at that time, sentenced Kaufman to four life terms in prison for the rapes.

Kaufman appealed the sentence in his jury trial. The 7th District Court of Appeals then ordered new and separate trials, one pertaining to each victim, saying joining the offenses against both victims in the same trial was prejudicial to Kaufman.

Kaufman entered a plea deal with prosecutors before he could go on trial a second time. The defense and prosecutors agreed to a term of six years in exchange for Kaufman’s plea to the two felony charges.

Robert Bush, an assistant county prosecutor, said prosecutors took a lot into account when offering the plea deal, including the fact that one of the victims recanted his statement and the other is no longer in town and did not want to go through another trial.

“When you put those witnesses before a jury, it’s a roll of the dice. You just don’t know what is going to happen,” Bush said. “The victims are aware [of the agreement].”

Atty. John B. Juhasz, representing Kaufman, asked the court to accept the agreed-upon six-year sentence. He said Kaufman had been made aware that he will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and report to the county sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Kaufman refused to make any statements during the proceedings.

“I am bound by the decision of the court of appeals,” Judge Krichbaum said. “I respect that decision, and that is what puts us in the position we are in today. The court feels, under the circumstances, the agreed-upon sentence is a proper disposition of this case.”

The judge sentenced Kaufman to three years on the felonious-assault charge and three years on the rape charge. The sentences will run consecutively. Kaufman will be given credit for the 765 days he already has spent in jail.

Kaufman, who had been free on bond pending his resentencing, was led away in handcuffs after the court proceedings.


Comments

1PhilMcCrackin(58 comments)posted 4 years ago

Wow! If i ever get into trouble,I'm calling Juhasz.
He's better than Johnny Cochran at getting guilty people off.

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2nail_polish(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

What a shame.

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3steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years ago

There's legal and illegal
There's also right and wrong.
Once again we see that what may be legal isn't always right.

This reduced sentence is wrong on so many levels.
No matter what the law says it doesn't change what this breathing trash is guilty of .

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4Morrigan(83 comments)posted 4 years ago

This is outrageous! Krichbaum says he "respects" that decision?!! Are you kidding me?!! How can you respect the fact that a predatory animal attacked 2 little boys who will be scarred for life by his actions? There is no cure for pedophiles; look at the recidivism rate for offenders - it's high. Not only has he made a mockery of the suffering of these two boys and their families, he's put every other child in the vicinity of this animal at risk. Let the pedophile rot away in prison, along with others of his kind. Letting him out after 6 years is a joke and an insult. He should never be allowed near a child again in his lifetime.

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5ojanet22(134 comments)posted 4 years ago

You are so right Morrigan. That scuzzball should be castrated and put away for life.

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6number1cook(15 comments)posted 4 years ago

YOUR SO SO RIGHT ...I COULD not have said it BETTER... myself ...morrigan...how sad

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7seminole(476 comments)posted 4 years ago

Holy sh--...another example of jackass judges and prosecutors looking the other way so they can move on to their dinners and parties. Respect? Show some for the victims, you idiots! These judges and prosecutors should be held accountable. When this sick f goes out and does this again they should be hung for their stupidity and juris ignorance. What a waste of our tax dollars, paying these law school educated dumbasses to make decisions like this. No wonder crime is so rampant around this outhouse: cases like this and the morons that agree on pleas just because it's easy. Sworn to uphold the law? Bullsh--, you're all just puppets letting criminals slip through the cracks while you cash your paychecks. You each should be ashamed and disbarred. What a mockery of the legal system.

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8XBROWNSX(35 comments)posted 4 years ago

Reduced to six years? This loser should have ADDED 6 LIFE TERMS onto his sentence! Child molesters / predators are worse than a rabid dog. In fact, I have more respect for a rabid dog, as the dog did not choose to become rabid. This "man" seeked out and carefully planned the violence against two innocent kids.
As a normal society, men such as Michael Kaufman sever ZERO purpose. Hence, he should immediately be put down and sentenced to a violent death within 30 days or less, so he can meet his maker: satan.

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9wizeoldwoman(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

kaufman was offered a similar plea out before his FIRST trial. he refused. said he wasn't going to plea out on something he didn't do. took his chances in court and got all those life sentences.

i am sure kaufman realized that might happen again, and accepted the plea. i don't blame him. the crime he was ACCUSED of and now convicted will follow him for the rest of his life.

i agree that sex crimes against children and the elderly are horrible things, and being outraged by this type of crime is perfectly understandable.

i have known this man for over 25 years. if you don't know the person, then just judge the crime and not the man.

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10Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years ago

wizeoldwoman

"i have known this man for over 25 years. if you don't know the person, then just judge the crime and not the man."

The famous quote. Gotta love it.

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11B4IcUdie(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

Honestly people, Can't anyone on the page read. One kid won't talk now and the other is changing his story. I mean come on. Perhaps he did do something wrong or perhaps he didn't but I think most of the post on here are coming from people that have no job and use welfare checks to pay for the internet (or go to McDonalds to use theirs) and just live by post on something they know nothing about. I agree with all of you and none of you. Get a life, read between the lines and look past the fact that most of the people posting on here hate the guy for different reasons.Wake up and if any of you think you can do better than a judge, you shouldn't have quit school in the 4th grade and married your cousins. STOP trashing people for something you only know have of the information about.
Bring on the combacks, I have an account now but can only post one time a day, I HAVE A JOB AND A LIFE.

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12Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years ago

b4icudie

"STOP trashing people for something you only know have of the information about. "

Hypocrite, no?

1. Can't anyone on the page read.
2. but I think most of the post on here are coming from people that have no job and use welfare checks to pay for the internet (or go to McDonalds to use theirs)
3. Wake up and if any of you think you can do better than a judge, you shouldn't have quit school in the 4th grade and married your cousins.

So people can trash this pedophile and you do the same thing to other people. Okay.

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