Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced, “The defendant assaulted the young woman in a series of violent acts. He choked her until she lost consciousness, dragged her into a stairwell and sexually assaulted her. I hope today’s sentence brings some form of justice to the victim.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Lynneke Burris, 31, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 20 years post-release supervision today by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Ralph Fabrizio. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from incarceration. The defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree Criminal Sexual Act on January 16, 2019.
According to the investigation, on April 12, 2018, inside a building in the Concourse area of the Bronx, the defendant followed the victim into an elevator and put her in a chokehold, causing her to lose consciousness. He then dragged her to a stairwell where she regained consciousness. Upon receiving verbal threats to her life, the victim removed her clothing, and the defendant raped her and performed other sexual acts.