Man admits to torturing, mutilating acquaintance as lawyers prepare to pick jury in NY state

Man reaches plea deal in NY mutilation case

CANTON, N.Y. — A 26-year-old upstate New York man has pleaded guilty in the torture and mutilation of another man.

Harry Klages (KLAY’-jes) II ended his trial Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court as lawyers prepared to pick a jury. He admitted to two counts of first-degree assault.

He’ll be sentenced to 38 years in prison as part of a plea deal.

Klages was ready to stand trial for attempted murder in the January 2008 attack on 51-year-old Andrew Lesperance (les-pur-AHNTS’).

Klages was accused of slicing open his abdomen, mutilating his genitals and gouging his eyes. Lesperance survived.

Prosecutors offered Klages a sentence of 18 years to life. He agreed to the deal because he feared prior felony convictions could lead to more prison time.

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