Attacker Gets 20 Years For Sexual Assault

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Levar Burton was sentenced to 20 years for sexually assaulting two women at knifepoint.

An Amityville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, Aug. 21, for sexually assaulting two women in Great Neck at knifepoint last year, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Levar Burton, 25, was convicted of multiple crimes, including robbery as a sexually motivated felony, first-degree robbery, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted sexual abuse, by a jury on May 23, following a two-week trial and two-day jury deliberation.

On Feb. 27, 2017, at 5:30 a.m., a 49-year-old woman was walking home from work in Kings Point when the defendant approached her from behind, put a knife to her neck and demanded money. During the attack, Burton took her to the back of a house, rubbed his hands on her chest, unbuttoned her jeans and stole approximately $200 in cash. The defendant told the victim to wait before she could leave and promise that she wouldn’t call the police.

The following week, on March 7, 2017, at 5 a.m., while a 39-year-old woman was taking her daily morning walk on Middle Neck Road, the defendant approached her from behind, put a knife to her neck, told her to be quiet and demanded money. Because she didn’t have any money, Burton took her two cell phones, put them on the ground and told her he would put them at a nearby synagogue where police later found them. The defendant then sexually assaulted the woman.

At the time of the incidents, Burton was supposed to be delivering newspapers in Great Neck and Kings Point.

Following an investigation by the Nassau County Police Department and Kings Point Police Department, he was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department on March 12. The defendant is awaiting trial in another matter.

“This predator attempted to take the dignity of his victims by assaulting them at knifepoint in the early morning hours,” said Singas. “Because these courageous victims reported the attacks and testified at trial, they ensured that he will spend many years in prison for these despicable crimes.”

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