Guilty plea in Schenectady rape case

Monday, January 27, 2014
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— A Brooklyn man admitted this morning to breaking into a woman's Woodlawn home and raping her in what prosecutors called a random attack.

Michael C. Blake, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree rape, calling off a trial that was expected to begin next week.

In return for his plea, Blake is to receive nine years in state prison. He is to be sentenced March 10.

Blake admitted to attacking the woman just before 11 p.m. Feb. 13, 2013.

The attack happened after Blake spotted the woman on the street and followed her to her home. Blake forced his way through her door, told her he had a gun and raped her. The two did not know each other.

The woman reported the rape and Blake soon became a suspect.

Blake lived in Schenectady at the time. His residence was in the general area of the victim's, prosecutors said.

Blake was arrested in June in Brooklyn.

Prosecutor Tracey Brunecz said the nine-year offer was made to spare the victim from testifying at the trial. Blake faced up to 25 years in prison, if convicted of the rape count at trial.

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