March 7, 2013

Rapist gets 40 years in prison

MALONE — A Constable man was sentenced to 40 years in state prison Wednesday for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl three years ago.

Donald J. Gokey, 25, was convicted on 13 charges, including four counts of first-degree rape, five counts of criminal sexual act and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The case involved a girl he encountered while temporarily staying in the Constable area.

It took the jury 26 minutes to reach a verdict at his December 2012 trial.


Gokey appeared for sentencing Wednesday before Acting Franklin County Court Judge Kathleen Rogers and said, “I apologize for my actions.”

But when she asked him to elaborate about what he meant, Gokey shrugged his shoulders and remained quiet.

Rogers said, “That’s not much for an apology,” whereby defense attorney Edward Narrow leaned in to his client and whispered.

Gokey then added, “I’m sorry for the pain and suffering.”

The judge said Gokey has taken no responsibility for his actions and that he could have taken a plea and spared his victim “the horrible humiliation” of telling a courtroom full of people — including the jury, court officers and spectators — the graphic details of what happened to her.


Rogers noted that Gokey was very articulate when he took the stand during the trial and gave his version of what had happened, which was “contrary to the evidence.”

District Attorney Derek Champagne said Gokey was caught when a member of the girl’s family saw sexually explicit text messages on her phone and questioned her about it.

Gokey, who fled the area and had to be extradited from Alabama, was sentenced to 10 years on each rape count, seven years for each sex-act count and one year in County Jail on each endangerment count.

The sex-act and endangerment terms are to be served concurrently to the rape counts.

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