An admitted rapist from East Moriches who tried to hire a hitman to kill his victim so that she couldn’t testify against him was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.
Patrick O’Sullivan had pleaded guilty in February at Suffolk County court to charges of first-degree rape, criminal sexual act, burglary, sexual abuse and conspiracy.
Prosecutors said the 23-year-old man wore a mask and carried a loaded rifle when he entered the victim’s Stony Brook home through an unlocked door, fired his weapon twice and tied the victim up with duct tape before sexually assaulting her on the night of Nov. 20, 2012.
After his arrest, he thought he could make the case go away by having the witnesses killed. While incarcerated in county jail, O’Sullivan tried hire a hit man to kill the victim and another person he believed would testify against him, authorities said. The fellow inmate contacted alerted investigators instead.