Notorious criminal stands trial in January
Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 08:20 AM EST
by Sean Carroll
Geneseo, N.Y. --- His name is well-known to those in Livingston County’s law enforcement community.
Jeffery Lee Lowery.
He’s 56 years-old and in 1977, at the age of 19, he began a state prison sentence for rape. The crime occurred in the Village of Geneseo and the victim was a 20 year-old woman according to state records.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) provided 13WHAM News with information about Lowery’s path through the prison sentence.
According to those records Lowery was sentenced to 7-and-a-half years to 23-years in prison for 1st Degree Rape.
Lowery served about seven years in prison for that crime and because of that conviction is he registered as a Level 3 Sex Offender in New York State. In early 2013 Lowery was arrested again in Livingston County, this time for failing to register as a sex offender.
That criminal charge has him scheduled to stand trial on January 7th, 2014. If convicted, he could face a possible life sentence.
“This man has nothing to lose now.”
Lowery’s prison sentence for that 1977 rape conviction ended in May 1984 when he was granted parole. He returned to state prison in February 1985 as a parole violator and was released again in April 1985. By January 1986 Lowery again found himself behind bars, this time in the Livingston County Jail for another reported parole violation.
It was in January 1986 that Lowery and two other inmates escaped from the Livingston County Jail. 13WHAM News file reports describe how Lowery and a fellow inmate beat a corrections officer until he was unconscious. They used a key to open a fire escape door and then gained access to controls that allowed them outside.
From there they reportedly threw a blanket over the top of a barbed wire fence and climbed to safety.
“He's been paroled two or three times and every time he gets paroled he goes back into prison,” then Livingston County Sheriff Richard Kane told 13WHAM News. “This time this man has nothing to lose now, he's got a lot of time facing him on the new charge I'm sure. He's got the parole time facing him and now he's very seriously injured this corrections officer.”
The manhunt for Lowery and the other escapees ended in a high speed chase and crash.
Lowery was convicted of ten crimes including Perjury, Assault, Escape, Conspiracy, Promotion of Prison Contraband, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. DOCCS records indicate that Lowery served 22 years in prison following those convictions.
He was released again to the supervision of parole in July 2008 and returned again to prison in March 2009 as a parole violator. Lowery was again released in January 2011.
“The Latest Trial”
In early 2013 Lowery was arrested for failing to register his address as required by law for registered sex offenders. At the time Lowery was living in Springwater and required to register with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo on a regular basis.
Lowery’s lawyer, Lawrence Kasperek of Rochester, would not discuss specifics with 13WHAM News but did say he was looking forward to defending his client on this charge when the trial begins next month. Kasperek said this is not a “cut and dry case” and acknowledged that Lowery’s criminal past could present some unique circumstances likely to be raised at trial.
Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey also declined an on-camera comment given that a jury would be selected in the first week of January.
If convicted of the crime of failing to register, an E-Felony, Lowery could become eligible for “persistent felony offender status” should the D.A. Commonly known as the “three strikes and you’re out” law in New York, the conviction could carry a possible life sentence in prison.
D.A. McCaffrey said that he intends to seek that if he is victorious at trial.
The initial report about Lowery’s latest criminal charge can be found at the GeneseeSun.com.