Kingston man gets life for sexual abuse and strangulation



KINGSTON – A Kingston man, who was convicted in April in Ulster County Court to sexual abuse and strangulation, was sentenced on Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison as a persistent felony offender.
The present felony convictions are the fifth for Troy Swartz, 45, of 121 Clinton Avenue in Kingston. Under state law aimed at protecting society against recidivist felony offenders, Judge Donald Williams threw the proverbial book at him. Typically, felonies for which Swartz was convicted would have gotten him a maximum sentence of seven years, but District Attorney Holley Carnright asked the court to sentence him as a persistent felony offender in light of his criminal past.
Carnright said Swartz is “a present and extraordinary danger to the residents of Ulster County based on what he has done and continues to do, therefore he deserves the sentence he has received.”
The most recent convictions stem from an incident of sexual assault and strangulation of a 27-year-old woman who reported to Kingston Police on January 8, 2014, that a man she did not know broke into her apartment on Henry Street in Kingston where Swartz choked and beat her and tried to rape her.
The victim fought back and scratched the much bigger Swartz. Following the assault, Swartz took the victim’s money and other personal items before leaving her apartment.
The woman immediately roused a neighbor who called 911. Swartz was arrested
after a DNA match.

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