Schenectady ‘pimp’ sentenced to 15 to life as a persistent felon

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – It's 'three strikes and you're out' policy upheld by the court system for Schenectady man and known pimp, Bruce Carey.

Schenectady Judge Polly Hoye sentenced Carey, 56, to 15 years to life behind bars as a persistent felon after his most recent conviction of promoting prostitution and rape of a 15-year-old girl this past April.

NEWS10 was the only TV station to have cameras in the courtroom during sentencing and spoke exclusively spoke to Carey about the sentence.

“I was framed, it wasn't fair. That's all I've got to say,” Carey said.

This is Carey's third felony conviction since 1983. He has already spent 22 years behind bars, but still claims he is innocent and blames others, including the victims, for these crimes.

On April 4, 2012, a jury found Carey guilty of Promoting Prostitution 2nd-degree, Rape 3rd-degree, and Criminal Sex Act 3rd-degree after allegations that he lured a 15-year-old girl away from a NYC psychiatric facility to his apartment where he raped her and forced her into prostitution in February 2010.

Carey's criminal history is extensive. He was first convicted of felony charges of promoting prostitution in the 2nd- and 3rd-degree back in 1983 with 15- and 16-year-old victims.

In 1992 he was convicted of possession and sales of cocaine.

After listening to closing arguments in Carey's persistent felon hearing, Judge Hoye asserted that Carey is a predator and beyond rehabilitation sentencing him to three concurrent 15-years-to-life sentences.

NEWS10 caught up with Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lorusso and Carey's defense attorney Cheryl Coleman afterward.

“The judge did a great job in finding Mr. Carey to be a potential persistent felon offender. Hopefully that will keep the public safe for the rest of Mr. Carey's life,” Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lorusso said.

“Nobody ever likes it to have your client go off like that. He's an excitable guy and he knew that probably he would be a persistent today and what could you do,” said defense attorney Coleman said.

The judge has deemed that if and when Carey is paroled he will be under supervision for the rest of his life. Carey says he plans to appeal which he must do in the next 30 days.

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