YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Campbell man convicted earlier this month during a bench trial of raping and robbing a 79-year-old woman was sentenced to at least 19 and a half years in prison.
Anthony Consiglio, 26, was sentenced by Judge R. Krichbaum after the judge found him guilty June 7 on charges of rape, attempted rape, aggravated robbery, robbery, theft from a protected person, assault on a policeman’s officer and misdemeanor domestic violence.
Consiglio was arrested for the robberies in January, and while on house arrest, was rearrested when he was charged with rape.
Consiglio was accused of attacking the 79-year-old victim inside her home and then later assaulting a Campbell Police detective at the station after he was arrested.
His lawyer, Tom Zena, asked Judge Krichbaum to take into account that his client does have a mental illness that will get worse. He said since Consiglio has been on his medication since he was arrested, he does not seem like the type of person who would commit those kinds of crimes.
“When the defendant wasn’t [on his medication], that’s why we’re here today,” Zena said.
Consiglio declined to address the court.
He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but Judge Krichbaum said the defense expert for the prosecution helped convince him that Consiglio knew what he was doing during the attack at a home in Campbell.
“The evidence that was offered by your expert was absolutely incredible,” Judge Krichbaum said. “You wanted to rape her, evidentially, and when it didn’t work one way, you tried to do it another way, and you kept watching out the window to make sure that nobody was gonna catch you.”
Krichbaum also said Consiglio stole the victim’s cell phone and kitchen phone to avoid detection, which means he knew what he was doing.
Although the judge recommended Consiglio be evaluated in prison for possible mental health counseling, he added he believes the defendant is sane.
“I’m sorry you have the problems you have, but this was a vicious act,” Judge Krichbaum said.
Consiglio also made the decision to stop taking his medication before the attack, the judge said.
“All of this is your fault,” Judge Krichbaum said. “All of this is classic criminal conduct for which you are going to go down.”
Consiglio said only the words “no comment” when he was asked to speak. He was sentenced to a term of 19-and-a-half to 25 years in prison.