AUBURN — Nearly two months after confessing to rape and robbery in Cayuga County, an Auburn man said he didn't do it.
Lucas Corrado, of 215 W. Genesee St., pleaded guilty to three felonies in June.
The 24-year-old told Judge Mark Fandrich that he committed one count of third-degree rape and one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child when he filmed himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl last September. Corrado also pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery for helping another Auburn man rob the Kwik Fill convenience store on Genesee Street roughly a week later.
But now, Corrado says none of that was true.
In court Tuesday, Corrado denied both crimes, claiming he was being "threatened with double digits" by the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office when it came to sentencing. That was why he took a plea bargain back in June, he said.
Fandrich was planning to sentence Corrado to a total of five years in prison and two years post-release supervision. However, when asked if Corrado had anything to say, the defendant said he had felt pressured to plead guilty.
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"I didn't do anything," Corrado said. "I didn't do what I'm in here for, and I don't feel comfortable taking this."
In response, District Attorney Jon Budelmann denied threatening Corrado with a longer sentence. He said the law states that Corrado could face a maximum of 15 years in prison for the robbery and up to 11 years in prison for rape.
"He took responsibility for the robbery, but downplayed the sexual assault of a child," Budelmann said, noting that Corrado claimed he did not know the teen was underage.
After some back and forth between Corrado, the defense and the district attorney, Corrado once again changed his mind and asked Fandrich to sentence him to the original agreed-upon term. But the judge said no.
"I'm no longer comfortable sentencing you today," Fandrich said. "You need to have a serious discussion with your attorney."
Fandrich adjourned sentencing one month to allow Corrado time to file a motion to withdraw his plea. If Corrado does withdraw his plea, his defense attorney, Norman Chirco, asked to be relieved of the case.
Meanwhile, Corrado was remanded to Cayuga County Jail without bail. He is due back in court Sept. 19.
Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr.