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May 4 – COOPERSTOWN – A Laurens woman pleaded guilty to charges of rape of a minor in exchange for a lesser sentence on Monday, May 3 in Otsego County Court.

Shelly Ann Young, 38, of Laurens, pleaded guilty to second degree rape of a person under the age of 15.

Under the terms of a plea deal, Young will serve a six-month prison term on weekends, from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, starting this weekend. Young has been free since being released on $ 2,500 bail following his arrest in February 2020.

Young was also sentenced to 10 years probation after her release and must register as a sex offender. Justice John F. Lambert renewed a victim protection order.

Young, 37 at the time, was charged with second-degree rape and first-degree dissemination of indecent material to a minor following a January 22, 2020 incident in which she had sex with a person under the age of 15.

“Tell me what happened in your own words,” Lambert says.

“Honestly, it happened quickly. It was a mistake,” Young replied after a pause. “I thought he was 16, but it still doesn’t make a difference. It’s still wrong.”

A second-degree rape conviction, a D felony, typically carries a prison sentence of two to seven years under New York State law.

Young is expected to be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 24.

Lambert warned Young that if she is arrested on additional charges in the meantime or fails to appear, as she did at her first hearing in September, the plea deal will be void.

“I tell you right away that if you go back to court, I will not be bound by the promise we made here in open court,” Lambert said. “At that point, I will be free to give you the maximum sentence allowed by law, which is 237 years in state prison, and you will not be allowed to withdraw your guilty plea.”

Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl has been asked to contact the victim’s family to offer them the opportunity to make a statement upon conviction.

Young waived his right to appeal in exchange for the plea.

Sarah Eames, Editor-in-Chief, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.



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