A Warrensburg man who was sentenced last year to up to life in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl has had his appeal of his convictions and sentence rejected by a state appeals court.
Lorne S. Warrington, 55, was convicted of five felonies during a January 2016 trial for repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in 2013.
Among the charges that he was convicted of were predatory sexual assault against a child, which can bring a sentence of up to life in prison, and first-degree rape.
Warren County Judge John Hall stacked sentences consecutively so that he received 29 years to life in prison.
Warrington appealed, but the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court rejected his claims that there was insufficient evidence to convict him and that his confession to police was not corroborated. The court found the girl’s testimony sufficiently corroborated the admissions.
Warrington also appealed the sentence as “harsh and excessive.”
“Despite his lack of a significant criminal history, we do not agree with defendant that his sentence was harsh and excessive,” Justice Eugene Devine wrote. “Defendant exploited a position of trust to repeatedly victimize a young relative in his care and, despite having confessed to this behavior, he thereafter refused to take any responsibility or express remorse for it.”
Warrington confessed to Warren County sheriff’s officers who questioned him, and asked them to shoot him, court records show. But he then tried to recant the confession at trial and attacked the child’s credibility as she testified.
Warrington was represented by Cynthia Feathers of the Rural Law Center of New York, while Warren County Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Nealon handled the appeal for the prosecution.
Warrington is being held in the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility and is eligible for release on April 15, 2043. He will be on parole for the rest of his life if he is released.
The case attracted attention because of the heinous allegations, as well as the fact that Warrington is the father of Brandon Warrington, the Glens Falls man who is serving a 25-years-to-life prison term for murder in the November 2012 death of his then-girlfriend’s 5-year-old son, Gary “Lil Wolfie” Carpenter.