Rapist gets 10 years in prison

Michael A. Stevenson Jr.

Michael A. Stevenson Jr.

JOHNSTOWN — A Montgomery County man was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to 10 years in state prison for raping underage girls two years ago.

Michael A. Stevenson Jr., 21, of Fort Plain was sentenced by County Court Judge Louise K. Sira to the prison time. He also received 10 years post-release supervision, as part of a plea arrangement. He is required to register as a state sex offender.

The sentence was based on Stevenson’s Oct. 11 guilty plea to one violent felony count of first-degree rape. Stevenson’s plea involved admitting he engaged in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13.

The defendant was arrested by state police on April 27 in Gloversville. He was initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree criminal sexual act. According to a news release issued Wednesday by county District Attorney Chad Brown, Stevenson’s victims were 10 and 11 years old.

Troopers said the arrest stems from his alleged sexual contact with victims that were less than 13 years of age when he resided in Gloversville in late 2015. According to the district attorney’s office, the initial investigation included incidents involving multiple children.

Shamar Sumpter

Shamar Sumpter

Stevenson’s prosecution was handled by Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis.

The defendant was represented by Gloversville attorney Michael Poulin of the county Public Defender’s Office.

In another case Wednesday, Shamar Sumpter, 34, of 37 Fifth Ave., Gloversville, was sentenced by Sira to six years in state prison. He also received three years of post-release supervision based upon his Oct. 20 conviction by a County Court jury following a week-long trial before Sira. He was sentenced as a second felony offender/ He could have faced up to a dozen years in state prison.

Sumpter was convicted on felony charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The defendant was convicted of charges stemming from drug sales to a confidential informant on Aug. 15, 2016, at Cumberland Farms on North Main Street in Gloversville. The case involved a confidential informant working with members of the Gloversville Police Department.

Sumpter was arrested Jan. 5 by Gloversville police after police said he was involved in the sale of crack cocaine. He was initially charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On Dec. 20, 2016, members of the Gloversville Police Department’s Patrol and Detective divisions, and members of the Glove Cities Emergency Response team executed an indictment arrest warrant on Sumpter at his apartment. The arrest concluded a four-month investigation into ongoing sale of crack cocaine in the city.

Sumpter was indicted Aug. 2 by a county grand jury, charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Nellis prosecuted the case, while assigned attorney Andrew Deluca of Saratoga Springs represented Sumpter.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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