As the sound of the handcuffs latching around the predators wrists pierced the silent courtroom, the victim let out a sigh of relief.
On Friday, in a last second change of course, Ronald Patrick II, decided not to go to trial, and pled guilty by Alford Plea to first degree criminal sex act and will serve 5-years in state prison when sentenced by Ontario County Court Judge Frederick Reed.
“My client doesn’t deny he was there or deny he knew the people that were there,” said his defense attorney David Lee Foster. “Part of this time period is a black out, under the circumstances he can’t articulate what he doesn’t remember.”
In an Alford Plea the defendant admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The ordeal goes back to New Year’s eve where the 41-year-old Patrick, was at a Clifton Springs home drinking and partying. According to court testimony Patrick then went upstairs and performed oral sex on the victim who was asleep in bed with her sister. When the victim woke up she was horrified by Patrick, who had removed her clothing and was in the middle of a sex act. The victim screamed out and family members ran upstairs as a fight ensued and the cops were called.