JOHNSTOWN - Convicted killer Randy L. Green claimed at his sentencing today that disturbing videotaped images of his victim involved in a sex act with a child caused him to "lose it" and later stab the man.
Green spoke before being sentenced in Fulton County Court to 22 years to life in state prison.
Green and his defense lawyer, Robert Abdella, made the claim of the videotape in explaining why Green murdered Gloversville resident Raymond Pike with a knife Aug. 15.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Defense Attorney Robert Abdella, left, sits by Randy Green as Green speaks during his sentencing in Fulton County Court in Johnstown this morning.
That defense was quickly cast aside by District Attorney Louise K. Sira, who said no such videotape, or any child pornography, was ever found by police in an apartment shared by Pike and Gordon L. Wilson Sr.
Green made his statements after a tearful victim impact statement read by Pike's daughter, Melissa Richardson.
"My father will never know the joy of grandchildren, build a relationship with them, never share in the love and admiration of just being 'Poppy,'" she said.
But later in the proceeding before Judge Polly A. Hoye, former foster child Green told Richardson and five other Pike family members, "I'm sorry you guys don't have your father around anymore, but life sucks sometime."
Green pleaded guilty Jan. 30 in Fulton County Court to felony second-degree murder as part of a plea-bargain arrangement. He was sentenced today by Hoye, with the judge saying Abdella made an "intelligent decision."
"I don't know if you're ever going to be released," Hoye told Green. "It's up to you and the [state] Department of Corrections. I have a feeling you're going to be there for a very long time for your actions."
Gloversville police and state police were in attendance at the courthouse, which was ringed by seven state court and police officers.
Green, 27, of 19 Wilson St., Gloversville, had been charged by Gloversville police with second-degree murder in connection with the early morning stabbing death of the 63-year-old Pike on a Rail Trail bridge near Foster Street Aug. 15.
Green also had faced one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and felony tampering with physical evidence. The guilty plea to the murder charge settled all charges against Green.
In addition to stabbing his victim, one of the assault counts claimed Green struck Pike in the head with a board.
Pike was a Level 3 registered sex offender living in Gloversville, and was found dead on a bridge on the Rail Trail, his body riddled with stab wounds.
Prior to his death, authorities had listed Pike's address as 247 Bleecker St. and 51 Montgomery St.
"How is everybody today?" Green blurted when being led into court this morning.
Hoye told him he wasn't going to disrupt the proceedings and it was going to go quickly.
Richardson then read her impact statement, to which Green interrupted her once by saying, "I'm a hard-working logger."
"What started out as a normal day ended with dreadful news," Pike's daughter stated. "On Aug. 15, 2008, while out of town on business, a phone call like no other would deliver me news that would leave my life forever changed. My father, Ray, was found dead. Not by illness or accident, but by the hands of a brutal monster was a loving son, cherished husband and honored uncle taken."
Abdella claimed there was another "version of events" he wanted the court to hear. He said Green was bounced around to various foster-care settings and was a former state prisoner who hated sex offenders.
The lawyer claimed his client saw "disturbing images" on videotape of Pike molesting a child in a church setting in Pike's apartment prior to the murder.
Green blurted out the child was "approximately 5 to 8 years old."
Abdella said his client lost his temper, and reverted back to his prison mentality in which mistreatment of sex offenders in prison is "glorified."
"This is Mr. Green's side of the story," the lawyer said.
The defendant stated: "I just want to say that what I say was in that apartment was in that apartment. I'm a logger. I'm not a bad person."