Jury selection begins for NY man accused of torturing, mutilating acquaintance in attack

Jury selection begins in NY mutilation case

CANTON, N.Y. — Lawyers are picking a jury to hear the case against an upstate New York man accused of torturing and mutilating another man.

Harry Klages (KLAY’-jes) II is accused of torturing 51-year-old Andrew Lesperance (les-pur-AHNTS’), mutilating both of his eyes, slicing open his abdomen and mutilating his genitals. The attack happened after a party in January 2008 at Klages’s apartment in Massena, about 160 miles north of Syracuse on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Lesperance survived.

Police learned about the attack after an intoxicated Klages called his father to say he had done something he wasn’t very proud of.

Authorities have charged the 26-year-old Klages with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. The trial is taking place in St. Lawrence County Court.


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