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Champagne Sentenced In Toddler’s Death

Champagne, and attorney Les Lewis, in Oneida County Court on December 13, 2010.

Yorkville, NY (WIBX) - Alec Champagne has been sentenced to ‘restrictive placement’ for a total of 5 years. That includes the nine months he’s already spent in the state’s custody.

The 14-year-old pleaded guilty last year to second degree murder and sexual assault in the death of Melissa Calhoun, a two year old he was babysitting in Yorkville last June.

Calhoun’s mother, Irene Calhoun, read a letter in Oneida County Family Court today telling Champagne she was disturbed that he hasn’t apologized or shown remorse for his actions. She added that she hopes to be able to forget him someday.

Champagne admitted to hitting the toddler with a refrigerator door, allowing the girl to fall from a bed onto the floor and sexually assualting her.

Champagne has shown little emotion during his previous court appearances, but break down in tears as Calhoun read her addressed the court today. 

Family Court Judge James Griffith said doctors who’ve examined Champagne found ‘pyschopathic traits.’

For the next 18 months, Champagne will spend time in a secure juvenile detention facility followed by a year in ‘residential placement’. The location and treatment for the remainder of his term will be decided by the Office of Children and Family Services, Judge Griffith said.

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