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Serial rapist pleads guilty to rape and murder of Utica motel owner

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Convicted serial rapist Robert Blainey admitted in Oneida County Court in Utica on Friday to the brutal rape and murder of a local motel owner.

Blainey was extremely matter of fact, even flippant, as he shared graphic details of the rape and murder of north Utica motel owner Linda Turner back in November.

The plea was no deal - he plead guilty to first-degree murder. All other charges against him disappear, but in exchange, Blainey will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The judge asked Blainey if he understood that life in prison meant he's not getting out. Blainey replied, "let's do it."

Blainey was almost flippant, answering the judge's pointed questions about this horrific crime, by saying "yup...yup."

Blainey said he started hiding out in the Davis Motel on Herkimer Road on Halloween and surprised owner Linda Turner in her office/home, killing her on November 2.

"One of us had to go and it sure as hell wasn't going to be me," Blainey told the judge Friday.

He matter of factly outlined the drastic steps he had to take to kill Turner because the 68 year old fought so hard for her life.

"How did you kill her?" asked Judge barry Donalty.

"I strangled her," Blainey replied.

"With what?" Judge Donalty asked.

"Started with the clothesline, lost that, then it was the belt, that wasn't working, so I used my hands," Blainey said.

The prosecutor said he's a serial predator of the highest order.

"He's clearly a serial rapist," said District Attorney Scott McNamara. "He's clearly a very dangerous individual and in my career in the D.A.'s office in almost 20 years, he's by far one of the most dangerous and serial criminals."

Blainey has asked to be placed in solitary confinement. It's not yet clear if that will happen.

He will be sentenced to life in prison without parole on March 16.

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