Three-story jump helped convict man who raped two women

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The cowardly and suicidal move of a convicted rapist is a big reason he will now spend three and a half decades in prison.
Timothy DiCenzo learned his fate today in state supreme court, where the brutality of his crimes were described in detail before he was finally taken away.

In January, DiCenzo, 34, pleaded guilty to the 2013 and 2015 rapes of women near two south side elementary schools, as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid the maximum sentence of life in prison.

It wasn’t until November of 2015 when both cases got a huge break.

On Nov. 10, 2015, DiCenzo was being interviewed by Buffalo police on a separate case.

When investigators left the room, DiCenzo made a run for it — through a window three stories up.

Blood covered the sidewalk outside police headquarters where he landed and was eventually taken to the hospital.

And although DiCenzo had previously declined to provide officers with his DNA, authorities suddenly had all the DNA they needed to link him to the two brutal crimes.

“For the first rape, we had no justice for this woman,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. “And might not have had any justice for this woman, unless he wasn’t stupid enough to jump out the window of the police headquarters, and we now had blood on the ground on the sidewalk, and we got his DNA off the blood off the sidewalk.”

DiCenzo’s attorney said his client suffered a life of physical, mental and sexual abuse, and was heavily intoxicated when he attacked these woman.

“I think he has demons that he can’t control because of his background, his past, his mental health issues, his substance abuse,” said attorney Robert Cutting. “That’s what causes him to act out in that way.”

In addition to 35 years in prison, he was sentenced to 20 years of probation upon his release.

“This man attacked these two women in the parking lot, hit them both and then dragged them over to a secluded area and then raped them,” Flynn said. “This individual has no place in our society, obviously, and deserves to be in jail for a long time.”

Cutting said his client will not appeal the sentence.

 

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