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Jeremy Snyder, AKA "Harry Potter," off to prison for raping 13 year-old

By EMMA WRIGHT

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Jeremy Snyder, a man who police say used the alias of "Harry Potter," was sentenced in Herkimer County Court on Friday to 20 years to life in prison for raping a 13 year old girl.

The crime in which Snyder was sentenced for took place in Ilion back in November 2008.

Snyder is listed in criminal databases as going by the alias of "Harry Potter," a nickname that authorities have said stemmed from a perceived likeness to the book and movie character. The nickname was tossed around a lot with Snyder's involvement with young teens, authorities have said.

Snyder was sentenced as a Persistent Violent Felon because of his extensive criminal history, including previous crimes of sexual abuse and burglary.

Snyder's attorney, Norman Mastromoro, tried to fight the Persistent Violent Felon sentencing.

Snyder took the stand in Herkimer County Court on Friday and told Judge Patrick Kirk that his previous criminal convictions and numerous parole violations were overblown and that his crimes weren't as serious as the sentences he had received.

Judge Patrick said Snyder showed a pattern of criminal behavior going back to when he was 15 years old.

The victim in this case read a statement to the court, saying she was glad Snyder was going away and felt that only now could her emotional healing begin.

Judge Kirk said the victim testified that she looked up to Snyder before he took advantage of her and it was that particular testimony that stuck out in his mind.

Attorney Mastromoro said his client will be appealing the 20 years to life sentence.

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