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Jeffery Lowery faces life in prison
Geneseo, N.Y. --- Some call Jeffery Lowery the most notorious criminal in Livingston County history.
Dylan Lowery, 20, calls him uncle.
"My uncle Jeff is not the Boogie Man that the courts and the press have historically made him out to be, said Dylan Lowery. He's made mistakes and he's committed crimes and he accepts those and he does take responsibility for those but we get to see the man, we get to see the heart that he has for all of us.
Jeffery Lowery, 57, now faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the felony crime of failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. His trial started Thursday and is expected to conclude on Friday. While hes charged with a felony, it pales in comparison to the nature of his past crimes.
For more on Lowerys criminal past click here to access 13WHAMs initial report on this case.
In 1977 Lowery was convicted and sentenced to state prison for raping a 20 year-old woman in Geneseo the year before. After serving about seven years in prison he was back in the Livingston County Jail for a parole violation when Lowery executed a daring escape with two other inmates. He assaulted a corrections officer in the process and the ensuing manhunt lasted days.
"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 said of Lowery following the 1986 escape. 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."
Lowery served more than two decades in prison following his capture before being released in 2008. He was registered as a Level 3 Sex Offender in July 2008 and actually returned to prison for a parole violation in 2009.
Since his subsequent release in 2011 Lowery has been expected to register his address with local law enforcement and physically appear in person every 90-days to verify that address.
The Livingston County Sheriffs Office arrested Lowery in February 2013 and accused him of failing to live up to those requirements throughout 2012.
At his trial on Thursday Lowerys lawyer pointed out that authorities knew where Lowery was and how to find him. He was arrested in Mt. Morris after Sheriffs Deputies contacted his parole officer and traced his whereabouts with a GPS ankle bracelet.
"It's disheartening that it's come to a trial when this should've been handled with the parole officer and the police department and it's something that could've been resolved without incarceration, without going to trial, said Dylan Lowery. My understanding was that the parole and the police are supposed to work together so that my uncle is continuing to be rehabilitated.
Lowerys trial resumes Friday morning and a verdict from the jury by the end of the day is likely.