Jury Reaches Verdict In Rivera Rape Trial, Lawyers Get Into Spat

Jury Reaches Verdict In Rivera Rape Trial, Lawyers Get Into Spat

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Guilty on both counts. That was the verdict Friday afternoon in the Storm Rivera rape trial.

The jury began deliberations in St. Lawrence County Court late Thursday afternoon. Roughly 24 hours later, the verdict came in

The 22 year old former SUNY Potsdam student was found guilty of first-degree rape and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

He faces between 5 and 25 years in prison when he's sentenced April 5.

Rivera was accused of forcibly raping of a female student at the Delta Kappa Theta frat house in November 2017.

Rivera testified Thursday that the sex was consensual.

Before the verdict, the lawyers in the case got into a dispute that could have turned physical.

Defense lawyers Edward Narrow and Peter Dumas exchanged angry words with prosecutor Jason Marx after a conference with the judge. 

Narrow then approached Marx but Narrow was headed off by a court police officer, who ushered him out. 

Another officer blocked Marx from any possibility of going after Narrow.

Narrow said it all started as lawyers and judge were conferencing.

The trial started Monday. 

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