GREG POIRIER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY MOTIVATED BURGLARY IN EAST VILLAGE

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of GREG POIRIER, 39, to 25 years in prison and 20 years post-release supervision for a sexually motivated attack on a 28-year-old woman in April 2008 as she was entering her apartment. On July 23, 2012, a jury found POIRIER guilty of Sexually Motivated Burglary in the First Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

“Just days after the All Crimes DNA law went into effect, this sentence serves as a reminder of the importance of the DNA databank in bringing closure to victims of unsolved crimes,” said District Attorney Vance. “The law, which requires DNA samples from virtually every convicted criminal, further expands the DNA databank, giving my Office the tools it needs to prosecute criminals and exonerate the innocent. I would like to commend the victim for her bravery in coming forward and speaking out against her attacker, and to thank Justice Mullen for the care with which she handled this case, and for her just sentence.”

As proven at trial, on the evening of April 18, 2008, POIRIER followed a young woman to her East Village apartment building. The defendant pushed the victim into her apartment, locked the door, and sexually assaulted her. During the course of the sexual assault, the victim bit POIRIER’s wrist, drawing blood. POIRIER fled the scene, leaving traces of his blood in the apartment. DNA collected at the scene was entered into the New York State DNA databank, but did not match any existing DNA profiles. The case remained unsolved until POIRIER’s DNA profile was entered into the databank after his 2009 conviction for Sexually Motivated Burglary in the First Degree. This evidence led to the indictment and conviction of POIRIER.

Assistant District Attorney Siobhan Carty prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Andrea Woloski.

Defendant Information:

GREG POIRIER, D.O.B. 02/04/1973
Bronx, N.Y.

Convicted:

Sexually Motivated Burglary in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count

Sentenced:

25 years in state prison
20 years post-release supervision

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