District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said, “The defendant engaged in a series of violent acts against a young woman: choking her until she lost consciousness, dragging her into a stairwell and sexually assaulting her. I hope today’s plea agreement brings some measure of justice to the survivor who has been traumatized by this horrifying event.”
Clark said the defendant, Lynneke Burris, 31, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to first-degree Criminal Sexual Act today before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Ralph Fabrizio.
As part of the plea deal, the defendant will be sentenced to 18 years in prison and 20 years post-release supervision on February 13, 2019. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from incarceration.
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.