Bushwick

Sex offender gets 50 years to life for Bushwick rape

April 12, 2018 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Michael Mann was sentenced to 50-years-to-life in prison for robbing and raping a woman on a Bushwick street. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office

When a registered sex offender dodged his victim’s statement in court by refusing to come out of his holding cell, a Brooklyn judge sentenced him to 50 years to life in prison for robbing and raping the woman on a Bushwick street.

Michael Mann’s Brooklyn Supreme Court sentencing was originally pushed back because he refused to stand before the judge. Before Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas finally sentenced him in his absence, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Silver read a detailed statement from his 27-year-old victim.

“Sharing is so hard because ‘rape victim’ is something I have not been able to claim as an identity,” Silver read from the letter.

The victim was walking home around 2:45 a.m. from the Kosciuszko Street J subway station on Aug. 16, 2016 when Mann grabbed her from behind holding a knife, according to a statement from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

“It’s difficult for me to be in crowds because when someone walks behind me, it’s like I freeze and can’t breathe,” the letter continued.

When Mann, 54, asked for money, she gave him $5 but he began groping and kissing her. The assaulter then cut off her clothes and raped her while threatening her by saying he knew where she lived and would kill her.

He was arrested the next day when police responded to a call regarding a dispute and recognized him wearing the same clothes from the assault advisory. A jury then found him guilty of predatory sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexually motivated robbery and weapon possession in a trial that brought his victim to testify.

“The only thing pushing me through my testimony was knowing that if I could keep this from happening to just one other person, going on the stand to relive this hell would be worth it,” Silver read from the statement.

Mann was previously convicted of first-degree rape in 1985, pinning him with a lifetime sex offender registration, according to the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

“We are determined to keep dangerous predators like this defendant off our streets,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. “The defendant’s heinous and cowardly crime against a defenseless woman was the ultimate violation of her physical and mental well-being, yet she still had the courage to face him in court.”

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