“While sentencing someone as a persistent felon is not common, it was important to advocate for that treatment, to not only punish a serious repeat offender, but to protect the community at large,” District Attorney Andrew Wylie said in the release.
“While the court declined to sentence (Barber) as a persistent felony offender, we are reluctantly satisfied that the defendant otherwise received the maximum amount of incarceration allowed.”
Barber served two years and five months in Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone after a 2004 conviction for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old girl he knew from the area.
In January 2008, a year after he was released from prison, he stole a Jeep Commander SUV from the parking lot of the Golden Gate Motel in Plattsburgh, crashed it into a car at the intersection of Lynde Street and Bailey Avenue and fled on foot, carrying a marijuana pipe and stolen music equipment, Plattsburgh City Police told the Press-Republican soon after the incident.
Officers found Barber hiding in a running car parked in nearby driveway, police said.
He was a suspect in several car larcenies as well, police said.
Barber served three years and two months in state prison after Ryan sentenced him to a year in jail for the drunken driving and two to four years for the stolen property charge.
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