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Man pleads guilty to 30-year-old rape

Geneseo, N.Y. - The former Conesus man who eluded police for nearly 30 years will finally pay for his crimes.

Gary Gene Smith pleaded guilty to rape, sodomy, and kidnapping involving a 19-year-old victim back in 1983.

"He has remorse and he did not want the victim to have to testify," said his attorney Marcea Tetamore.

Smith did not address the court, however District Attorney Greg McCaffrey said this man who appears physically powerless now committed a savage, heinous act back when he was 35 years old.

He was indicted by a grand jury but fled while on bail.  He did not show up for the first day of his trial.

Over the decades police followed thousands of leads and nearly caught him living in Florida under an assumed name.  He fled out a window as police burst through the front door.

Ultimately police caught up with him in June after he used his real name and Social Security number at a nursing home in Ohio.

Smith suffers from stage four prostate cancer. He arrived at the Livingston County Courthouse in a wheelchair.

He also pleaded guilty to bail jumping and, in an unusual move, he was sentenced immediately to the maximum for each of the charges.

He will serve a total of 9 to 29 years in state prison.

The victim, who was in court Thursday, is now 50 years old. She wiped tears from her eyes but indicated through prosecutors that she did not want to make a statement.

 
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