Savage, coward, predator, animal, menace — those are the words used to describe Erin “E” Rhynes as he was sentenced to 55 years in state prison for the attempted murder of Michael Cosentino.
On Monday, State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran delivered the maximum sentence to the 27-year-old career criminal after family members made passionate victim impact statements regarding how their beloved Michael now survives with brain damage from the shooting.
“I have an obligation to do it right, and I’m going to put you away for as long as I possibly can,” said Doran. “You are completely absent of any kindness or decency.”
Throughout the entire criminal procedures Rhynes challenged the court, burning through multiple lawyers and looking for delays, even in the fleeting minutes prior to sentencing as he unsuccessfully challenged his previous criminal record.
Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride, who handled the trial, did not mince words.