Rapist gets 3 ½ years in prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Medina man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in state prison after having sex with a 16-year-old who was intoxicated.

Kawika Kamae, 27, was charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape, acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 years old and unlawful dealing with a child alcohol.

“Obviously, this is a serious crime,” Orleans County Court Judge James Punch said in court last week. “The circumstances are disturbing.”

Kamae apologized for the incident during his sentencing. The victim was six days shy of 17 when she was intoxicated Aug. 31, 2012, Kamae’s attorney said. Kamae’s wife had recently left him, and he exercised “poor judgment,” his attorney told the court.

The victim also has an order of protection against Kamae.

In other cases:

A Barre man could face 5 ½ years in state prison for allegedly assaulting a deputy during a domestic violence incident on Dec. 28. Charles Sheets, 49, has a prior felony charge of assaulting a police officer in Monroe County in 2004.

District Attorney Joseph Cardone last week first proposed a maximum of four years in state prison, but Punch said it should be 5 ½ years because of Sheets’ prior offense against a police officer.

Punch set $250,000 bail on Allen Young, whose attorney George Muscato requested bail of $5,000 to $10,000.

Young of Medina was arraigned in court last week. He has been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment after fleeing from police on Dec. 13 in Ridgeway.

Police discovered “an extremely powerful assault rifle” and stolen ATV at Young’s parents’ house after executing a search warrant, Cardone said. Young also has allegedly threatened to kill witnesses, Cardone said.

“Under the unusual circumstances, I’m going to keep bail at $250,000,” Punch said.

Sean Wheatle, 47, of Waterport will be sentenced to no more than 1 to 3 years in state prison for his second driving while intoxicated crime. Punch accepted that plea offer for Wheatle, who was charged with DWI in Medina on Nov. 17. He also had a DWI in 2008. He will be sentenced on June 3.

Robert Wyant Jr., 30, of Kent will be sentenced to no more than 3 years in state prison as part of a plea deal. He faced a maximum of 4 ½ years in state prison.

He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree after allegedly possessing and selling drugs from the Family Dollar parking lot in Albion on Oct. 9, 2012. He will be sentenced June 3.