Updated 04/05/2012 04:06 PM
Judge to Robert Blainey: "You are...the personification of evil"
Robert Blainey first went to prison for the attempted rape of a child in the 1980s. He was paroled and raped two Madison County women. Again he went to prison and again he was released. His next victim was murdered. Thursday, Blainey was officially sentenced for the death of a Utica business owner. As our Sarah Blazonis tells us, Blainey will never again be set free.
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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- "I've seen almost everything in terms of man's inhumanity to man. You take the cake," Judge Barry Donalty told Robert Blainey in Oneida County Court Thursday.
The horrific crime that brought Blainey to the attention of Judge Donalty was the November murder of 68-year-old Linda Turner.
Memories of friends and family offered a glimpse of the person Turner was: A kind, patient woman who loved her job as the owner of the Davis Motel.
"She worked hard for the reputation of the motel and took great pride everyday in making every customer feel safe while they stayed there. But Robert Blainey stole all that away," said Elizabeth Hungerford, Turner's employee and friend.
Turner was found raped and strangled in the motel, which doubled as her residence, back in November. Blainey admitted to those crimes in January and to taking cash and Turner's car.
"All that he can see and do is what he feels that he has to do and again, just like Elizabeth said, should never be allowed into society," said Scott Turner, Linda Turner's son.
More was also learned about Blainey. His defense attorney says he was severely abused as a child. While not an excuse for his actions, he says that trauma could have played a part in shaping the person Blainey's become.
"Robert, apparently, through his adoptive parents, was basically used worse than most farm animals were and hit on a regular basis with a variety of different implements," defense attorney Leland McCormac said.
Judge Donalty marveled at a history of a different kind. He said he couldn't believe Blainey was twice paroled for crimes including the attempted rape of a child and the rape of two women in Madison County.
"You are to me, Mr. Blainey, the personification of evil. As Elizabeth said earlier, you're a monster and I'm going to remove that monster from society so that it never happens again," said Donalty.
Judge Donalty sentenced Blainey to life in prison without the possibility of parole.