FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Upstate Man Sentenced to 10 Years in State Prison
For Sexually Assaulting Woman in East New York Stairwell
Grabbed Victim from Behind; Identified Via a DNA Match
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 32-year-old man from Schenectady, NY, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman after he grabbed her from behind in a stairwell of an East New York apartment building.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Thanks to DNA science this defendant has been held accountable for assaulting a defenseless woman. In Brooklyn, we will continue to vigorously prosecute sexual predators and seek justice for victims.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Brandon Majette, 32, of Schenectady, New York. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Evelyn LaPorte to 10 years in prison. The defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act in May.
The District Attorney said that, according to the evidence, on September 3, 2016, at about 6:30 a.m., the 26-year-old victim was walking up the stairs of a relative’s apartment building on Loring Street in East New York. The defendant grabbed her from behind, pushed her down to the floor and sexually assaulted her.
The defendant then took a picture of the victim’s identification card, stole $100 from her wallet and fled, the evidence showed. She ran to her relative’s home and 911 was immediately called. Semen from the victim’s dress later came back as a match to the defendant and he was apprehended in Troy, N.Y., on February 2, 2017.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Nasar, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.