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Man gets 92 years for raping 14-year-old, plotting to kill her

HUDSON – A Chestertown, New York man, who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl repeatedly then tried to have here killed, was sentenced in Columbia County Court on Tuesday to 92 years in state prison.

Perry Pendell, 48, of Claverack was found guilty by a jury of one count of criminal solicitation to murder, nine counts of rape, one count of criminal sexual act, and four counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

Pendell was convicted of having sex with the victim and videotaping it over a three-month period in late 2012 and later attempted to pay an inmate to have him kill her.

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said in spite of the rape of the child and subsequent murder attempt’ “the child bravely took the witness stand, where she was subjected to a withering cross-examination. Her courage guarantees that this predator will never assault another child.”