BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man convicted of predatory sexual assault and burglary was sent behind bars Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office announced 25-year-old Samuel Muscarella was sentenced for the forcible rape and sodomy of a 22-year-old woman during a home invasion.
Muscarella was sentenced to 20 years to life on two predatory sexual assault counts, and 20 years followed by five years post release supervision on the the burglary count. The sentences will run concurrently.
Back in January, The Erie County Sheriff's Office said the attack happened in the early morning hours of December 15th at a home on Broadway in Alden. Authorities say Muscarella entered the victim's home through an unlocked door and attacked her while she showered.
When initially questioned by police, Muscarella denied sexual contact with the victim. When his alibi was proven to be false and there was DNA evidence against his claim, he said the sex was consensual. His attorney argued he was just a "dumb kid," and was the victim of a prosecution "witch hunt."
Muscarella was previously convicted of making more than 1,000 anonymous sexually harassing telephone calls to different women during the weeks leading up to the rape. For this aggravated harassment charge he had been sentenced to two years in county jail.
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