Convicted Rapist And Murderer, Robert Blainey Sentenced To Life In Prison
Utica, NY (WIBX) – Convicted sex offender Robert Blainey will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Blainey pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Motel Owner, Linda Turner back in November, after violating his parole, and alluding capture for several weeks. After a multi-agency manhunt, Blainey was subsequently apprehended in Pennsylvania.
In Oneida County Court this morning, Judge Donalty called him one of the coldest person he’s ever seen in his court room. “There’s a chill in the air here Mr. Blainey, you’re the coldest person I’ve ever seen in this court room,” he said. To which, Blainey replied, “Thank you for the compliment.” The Judge said, “That’s a compliment, you think that’s a compliment? I didn’t mean it to be a compliment.” Blainey then said, “Thanks anyway.” During his hearing Blainey expressed no remorse for his action, at times even coming across as cavalier about spending the rest of his life in jail.
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said Blainey, who has spend most of his life in prison, should not have been released when he told the parole board reviewing his case that he would be a danger to society. “Unfortunately, the way our laws are written he had to be released at that point. I think the question has always been and the question still continues to be; why wasn’t he put in the Civil Confinement Program that the state has for sex-offenders, I mean he’s obviously–you got to see him live and in action today–I mean it’s very clear he should have been there. There was some sort of break down in our system, and I know that a lot of people have committed to finding out what that was and fixing it,” he said.
McNamara goes onto say that he does not believe that it was the parole boards fault for releasing Blainey because they were following the law, however he said, “It’s unfortunate, had he been civilly confined, you know, this wouldn’t have happened.” Blainey will be officially sentenced on March 16th.
Click on the link below to see Blainey in court.
Click on the link below to see DA McNamara answer questions about Blainey.
Robert Blainey’s sentencing has been moved to Thursday, April 5th at 9:30 a.m. According to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, the request was made by Linda Turner’s family.