Prosecutors say Chenango County man had no role in rape and killing of 11-year-old girl

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(WBNG) — A Chenango County man who had been charged with the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

James Brower pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution on Friday in Chenango County Court, according to Chenango County District Attorney Michael Ferrarese.

Brower and Brower’s boyfriend, Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, were charged following the death of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor in a Norwich home. Authorities determined that O’Connor had been raped before her death.

Rundstrom-Wooding pleaded guilty to the crime in June and was sentenced to between 20 years and life in prison.

Ferrarese tells 12 News there was no evidence to suggest that he took part in the rape or killing of O’Connor. The district attorney did say however that there was evidence that he tried to conceal and destroy evidence, as well as name false suspects to authorities.

Brower is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17 in Chenango County Court. Court officials say he could face between 1.5 and 4.5 years in prison.

David Hermanovitch

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