Convicted serial rapist Robert Blainey pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the death of Linda Turner. YNN's Sarah Blazonis was there as a judge told him his fate.
ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- "There's a chill in the air here, Mr. Blainey. You're the coldest person I've ever seen in this courtroom," Oneida County Judge Barry Donalty said to Robert Blainey Friday morning.
"Thank you for the compliment," Blainey responded.
"The compliment? You think that's a compliment?" Judge Donalty asked.
"Yeah," said Blainey.
"I didn't mean it to be a compliment," the judge said.
"Well, thanks anyway."
It was with that same dismissive attitude Blainey responded to all of Judge Donalty's questions about the day he says he killed 68-year-old Linda Turner. Blainey says after fleeing parole, he hid out in Turner's Utica business, the Davis Motel, beginning on Halloween. On November 2nd, he snuck into the motel office, which was also Turner's home and brought a clothesline with him.
"And after she entered her home, what happened?" asked Donalty.
"Well, one of us had to go and it sure as hell wasn't going to be me," said Blainey.
"Okay. So it was her. You killed her," said Donalty.
"Yep," said Blainey.
"All right. You raped her, too, didn't you?" Donalty asked.
Blainey says he then stole cash and Turner's car. He was apprehended days later by Pennsylvania State Troopers. Blainey previously served time for attempting to rape a six-year-old girl and then raping two women while on parole for that crime. Even though he told the parole board he was a danger to society, Blainey was paroled a second time because of a built-in release date in his indeterminate sentence.
Blainey's case has prompted several lawmakers to step forward and support legislation that would allow for more careful monitoring of dangerous sex offenders and give parole boards more control over whether they should be released, regardless of whether their sentence is determinate or indeterminate.
District Attorney Scott McNamara says one proposed program that would establish a DNA database of all people convicted of crimes in the state could have helped put Blainey away for good years ago.
"One in particular, where his DNA, he left it behind. It would've been a 100 percent match and that victim could not identify him a photograph in the rape procedure," said McNamara.
Blainey is scheduled to be sentenced in March to life in prison without the possibility of parole.