State v. Farah
An individual convicted of second-degree sexual assault can be sentenced to nine months to 20 years in prison. The state charged the petitioner, Albert Farah, with allegedly furnishing alcohol and drugs to minor females and sexually assaulting them. A jury convicted Farah of seven counts of sexual assault and also of risk of injury to a minor. Superior Court Judge Jon Blue sentenced Farah to 50 years, execution suspended after 30 years, and 35 years of probation. The petitioner's attorney, Patrick Cosgrove, requested a sentence reduction and argued that the petitioner was seen as unrepentant, because he continuously claimed that he was innocent, and that led to a sentence that was disproportionate to that of Farah's co-defendant. The petitioner claimed that his sentence was lengthy, because he lacked enough money to hire a decent attorney. The state's attorney, Donna Mambrino, objected that the petitioner's effective sentence of 30 years was merited, because his conduct with minor females was offensive and repeated. The Sentence Review Division found that Superior Court Judge Blue carefully reviewed the petitioner's background and conduct. Judge Blue found that although the petitioner had not previously been convicted of criminal offenses, the alleged conduct was "despicable" and "planned." The petitioner's sentence was not inappropriate or disproportionate, and the Sentence Review Division affirmed.