An Amityville man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women at knifepoint during separate attacks in 2017, officials said.
A jury had convicted Levar Burton, 25, in May of felony robbery, sex abuse and attempted sex abuse crimes in the attack on a woman in Kings Point and another in Great Neck, officials said.
“This predator attempted to take the dignity of his victims by assaulting them at knifepoint in the early morning hours,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a news release Thursday announcing the sentencing. “Because these courageous victims reported the attacks and testified at trial, they ensured that he will spend many years in prison for these despicable crimes.”
Judge Robert Schwartz imposed the sentence Tuesday in Nassau County Court, she said.
Burton's Central Islip attorney, J. Stewart Moore, said in a statement Thursday evening that the conviction would be appealed.
"In his desire to cooperate with the police and with nothing to hide, Mr. Burton spoke with the detectives who later used parts of Mr. Burton’s statement to create an admission of guilt," Moore said.
Burton attacked a 49-year-old woman from behind in Kings Point about 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 27, 2017, as she was walking home from work, Singas said.
After demanding money at knifepoint, Burton took the woman to the back of a house, sexually assaulted her and took $200 in cash, Singas said.
The next week, on March 7, he approached a 39-year-old woman from behind as she was taking her daily walk on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, put a knife to her neck and demanded money, the prosecutor said.
The victim did not have any money, so Burton took her two cellphones, put them on the ground and told her he would put them at a nearby synagogue, where police later found them, the prosecutor said. He then sexually assaulted the woman, Singas said.
Burton was "supposed to be delivering newspapers" at the time of the attacks, Singas said. The contractor for which prosecutors said he was working, MGR Partners LLC of West Hempstead, did not respond to requests for comment.
Burton is awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint about 4 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2016, and sexually assaulting her in West Hempstead, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said.
With Stefanie Dazio