Conviction For Man Accused Of Torture And Mutilation

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

Harry Klages 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.

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

Lesperance survived.

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

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Lawyers picked a jury to hear the case against an upstate New York man accused of torturing and mutilating another man.

Harry Klages II is accused of torturing 51-year-old Andrew Lesperance, 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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