Strapp, 32, boldly testified against eyewitnesses and corrections officers with the Sheriff’s Office that his bruised eye, bump on the head, and cut ear that led jail staff to suspect him actually resulted from him poking his eye in the shower, sleeping on his bunk pillow, and pizza sauce from the jail kitchen.
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“What happens here is the defendant is either the unluckiest guy in the world, or the guiltiest guy in the world,” said Assistant District Attorney Justin Hill during summations. “I’m glad he’s got to testify, I’m glad you got to hear his story, which is absurd.”
Assistant Public Defender John D’Arpino said during his brief summations that the testimony of the inmates and corrections officers was inconsistent.
“I like to use movie references, and some movies resolve in the end and some leave you hanging,” said D’Arpino. “This case leaves you hanging. The evidence that was heard was absolutely not enough to convict my client.”
Strapp repeatedly refused an offer from District Attorney Greg McCaffrey’s Office of 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison, and is now possibly looking at up to 7 years in prison as a second felony offender, as he spent over 4 1/2 years for Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree.
Inmates testified that Strapp’s frustration over having to retrieve ice cream for another inmate led to friends of that inmate throwing a mattress into the hall in the jail, and blaming Strapp for it, leading to his removal from that living area, ‘C-Dorm.’ Upon his return to C-Dorm, Strapp threatened the victim, saying “We are going to fight,” and “Stay out of the bathroom” in the week leading up to the assault.
The GeneseeSun.com is withholding the names of the victim and those inmates who testified in this case to ensure their safety.