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Verdict reached in Lowery case

Geneseo, N.Y. Jeffery Lowery, who was convicted of rape in the 1970s, and escaping from the Livingston County Jail in 1986 and assaulting a guard in the process, has spent most of his adult life behind bars.

 Now, hes at risk of spending the rest of it in jail after a jury found him guilty of failing to verify his address as a registered sex offender.

 The verdict was delivered Friday evening after nearly four hours of deliberations.  Lowery showed very little emotion, but the dozen or so friends and family members who were in court expressed disappointment in the verdict.  

 They declined to comment to 13WHAM News immediately after the verdict.

13WHAMs Sean Carroll spoke with two alternate jurors who were dismissed from their duties earlier Friday afternoon.  Both of those jurors found it hard to believe that the jury deliberated for so long.

 He didnt follow the rules. He didnt do what he was supposed to do, and that was the bottom line and thats what they asked us to. It was definitely beyond a reasonable doubt. So to me, hes guilty, said Dawn, one of the dismissed jurors who chose not to provide her last name.

 I wouldve agreed with Dawn and also said guilty. All the facts were there against him that he did realize what his requirements were as a registered sex offender and he didnt meet them. So it was kind of plain and simple, cut and dry, said Katie the other alternate juror who was dismissed early.

 The deliberating jurors do not know everything about Lowerys past, and the two alternate jurors who were dismissed became suspicious about Lowerys past when they spotted the courtroom full of family, friends, deputies, and a 13WHAM News crew.

 Following the verdict Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey told 13WHAM News that he intends on pursuing a life sentence when Lowery is scheduled to return to court in April.  McCaffrey said Lowery should expect no sympathy from the District Attorney's Office of deputies in this county and that the citizens are safer knowing Lowery is behind bars.


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