Auburn man admits to strangling, raping woman during domestic incident

He doesn’t remember, but he isn’t denying it.

The Auburn Police Department responded to a domestic incident on March 15th on McMaster St. and upon investigation, found that a woman had been strangled and raped at the residence, where Jarrel Whiten was a resident.

The 24-year-old was initially charged with first-degree rape, second-degree strangulation, third-degree menacing, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

However, he pleaded guilty to strangulation and third-degree rape. Both are felonies.

“It is true that I obstructed the victim’s breathing due to anger issues,” Whiten said, per the Auburn Citizen. “From what I can recall … I had sexual intercourse with the victim while she was unconscious.”

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During the plea, Whiten told Judge Mark Fandrich that he suffered from blackouts and mental illness, so he could not completely remember what happened the day of the crime, according to the Citizen.

He could face up to seven years in prison, but Fandrich said the sentence will likely be lesser. A one year sentence in the Cayuga County Jail was discussed, and satisfied the victim, per Fandrich.

That sentencing is scheduled for October 10th.

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