Updated 06/09/2010 05:56 AM
Steven Raucci sentenced to 23 years to life
Former Schenectady City School District employee Steven Raucci learned Tuesday just how long he'll spend in prison after being convicted of 18 of 22 counts against him, including arson, for planting bombs and vandalizing the homes of his perceived enemies. Steve Ference has followed the case all along and was at Schenectady County Court for the sentencing.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- While Steven Raucci didn't received the maximum sentence, he could still spend the rest of his life in prison.
Schenectady County District Attorney Bob Carney said, "Steve Raucci has always believed in street justice."
Steve Raucci faced justice himself, convicted on 18 of 22 counts against him for intimidating co-workers and perceived enemies with explosives at the school and union where he worked. He was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison in Schenectady County Court on Tuesday.
"He has shown that he is just incapable of being rehabilitated," said Carney.
In court, Raucci apologized in a statement read by his attorney for the 2001 bombing of a Rotterdam home.
"I am sorry for what happened to the people over at Shardon Court," said attorney Ron DeAngelus, reading Raucci's statement. "They seemed like nice, decent people. They didn't deserve what happened to them and it's important for me to say to them that I did not do it."
Raucci also took issue with the terrorism charge that he was acquitted of, saying it was unfair to him and his family and kept him from potentially getting out on bail.
"I don't think anyone in this courtroom could ever understand or feel what it is like to be called a terrorist," read DeAngelus.
But hearing the emotional pleas of four victims, the trial of what the judge said often included overwhelming evidence, the judge also ordered Raucci to pay $5,200 total to the victims. The earliest he could theoretically get out of prison will be when he's 84 years old.
"As far as I'm concerned, this is a death sentence for something I did not do," read DeAngelus.
Now the defense looks at their appeal options, appealing on the grounds of a number of points, including the playing of a video of similar explosives as those that Raucci was convicted of using against his victims.
This, as victims now gain the knowledge that Raucci can't threaten them for decades, as he asked for leniency from the judge because of his claimed innocence with that Rotterdam attack that alone could mean he could be behind bars for the rest of his life.