ALBANY – A man, convicted by a jury, was sentenced to 21 years in State Prison, to be followed by 20 years of post-release supervision, in Albany County Court this morning.
On April 7, 2014, Gene Bowman, 36, of Albany was found guilty following a jury trial of one count of rape in the first degree, a violent felony.
On January 15, 2012 at about 6:30am, the defendant forcibly raped a victim in a parking lot near 500 Central Avenue in the City of Albany. During the assault, the defendant strangled and repeatedly hit the victim in the head with a closed fist. The defendant also told the victim that he would kill her if she resisted. Following the assault, the victim ran towards several witnesses screaming she had just been raped.
The defendant was arrested on June 10, 2013 following an investigation by the Albany Police Department which matched DNA that was collected from sexual assault evidence to the defendant’s DNA.
Bowman must register as a sex offender following his release from incarceration.