Hackett sentenced to five years for sexual abuse

NORWICH – Kyle J. Hackett, the man who was convicted of sexually abusing and raping a 17-year-old female after a trial by jury, will be spending the next five years of his life behind bars.

Hackett, 31, of North Norwich, was sentenced to a determinate five year sentence by the Honorable Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. on the top charge which he was convicted of, sexual abuse in the first degree, a class D felony. In addition, Hackett was also sentenced to a determinate sentence of three years for his rape in the third degree conviction, a class E felony; and a subsequent sentence of a year for endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

When the sentencing proceedings got underway in the Chenango County Courthouse on Friday, September 9, the defense had filed two motions for the dismissal of Hackett's verdict.

Judge Revoir noted that there were two grounds for dismissal conveyed by the defense. The first of these cases presented by the defense stated that the evidence presented during the defendant's trial was legally insufficient. Revoir denied this motion based on the fact that the victim testified during trial, and he believed that there was more than sufficient evidence for the jury to draw a guilty conclusion.

The second motion alleged that the court failed to allow defense counsel to review testimony from the detective involved in the investigation of the initial allegations. Revoir also denied this motion, based on the grounds that the detective testified under oath that he turned over all of his notes to both the District Attorney's Office as well as to the defense counsel before trial.

Following the denial of both motions, First Assistant Micheal D. Ferrarese read out a victim impact statement on behalf of the victim.

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