Horseheads man sentenced for raping, assaulting woman in 2019

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) – A Horseheads man has been sentenced for assaulting and raping a woman over two-and-a-half years ago.

Michael Burtner, 54, was convicted earlier this year for raping a woman in the Village of Horseheads in the spring of 2019.

In early August 2021, Burtner was convicted on six total charges, including first-degree Rape, three counts of First Degree Criminal Sex Act, Third Degree Aggravated Sexual Abuse, Second and Third Degree Assault, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.

On Friday, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for each of the felony sexual assault charges, five years for the second-degree assault and aggravated sexual abuse charges, and 364 days for the third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. Chemung County District Attorney Whetmore said all sentences run concurrent with each other.

Burtner additionally faces 10 years of post-release supervision. He will also have to register as a sex offender and pay $16,380 in restitution.

Court documents established that Burner forcibly compelled the woman to engage in intercourse and other sexual acts, and physically assaulted her and hit her in the head with a phone such that she suffered brain bleeding requiring hospitalization at the Arnot ICU for a week, and a follow-up week of therapy at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The original indictment said that Burtner committed the crime over a four-day period form May 2 to May 5, 2019

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