NYLON – The man known around the Village of Perry as the ‘Birdman’ was indicted by a Grand Jury and arraigned in Wyoming County court last week for allegedly raping and holding a York woman at gunpoint at his apartment in Perry on March 14.
According to Assistant Wyoming County District Attorney Eric Shiener, on July 23, Charles Braun, 66, was arraigned before Wyoming County Court Judge Michael Mohun with his attorney, William Kelley, on Rape in the First Degree, a B Felony, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, an E felony, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, a B Felony, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a D Felony.
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The case was adjourned to September for the filing and argument of motions.
ADA Shiener said that the maximum sentence possible upon a conviction to Rape in the First Degree is 25 years in prison followed by up to 25 years of post-release supervision.
Braun is also facing charges of Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a B felony, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, a B violent felony, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, an E felony, and Menacing in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor, in Livingston County. The alleged victim had a standing order of protection against him on March 14.
He admitted that his hat was at the scene of the kidnapping in Livingston County court on July 9.
According to news partner 13WHAM, Braun served a prison sentence at Groveland correctional facility starting on October 25, 1991 for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a B felony, and had his parole consistently denied every two years until his mandatory release by statute 2006. After his release, he violated parole and went back to prison for another year in 2012.
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