According to court document, 27-year-old Harry E. Klages II had a party at his apartment in Massena, New York in January 2008. Andrew W. Lesperance, 51, attended the party and reportedly only met Klages earlier that night. Police were called after Klages phoned his father to say he had done something “he wasn’t very proud of.”
Responding police would find Lesperance with one eyeball gouged out, the other eyeball sliced, his abdomen cut, his leg nearly severed below his hip, and having had his genitals cut off. All of this courtesy of Klages, who was reported to be intoxicated, high, and ‘possibly using other drugs.’
Klages would later claim that he attacked Lesperance in response to ‘sexual misconduct,’ but prosecutors called “bullshit.” Klages – who was on probation at the time of the attack – would accept a plea deal in 2009 that resulted in a sentence of 38 years in prison. He is currently serving that sentence. Because of this, any judgement – and especially a multi-million dollar judgement – may not mean much.
“What can you do with someone who’s in jail, and I’ll assume with no assets?” said Lesperance’s lawyer, Stephen D. Ciotoli.
Lesperance spent two years in a rehabilitation facility after the assault. He has reportedly undergone multiple surgeries to relearn simple tasks, from picking up a fork to walking unaided. He is now blind in one eye. According to the decision, Lesperance was awarded $386,395.60 for past medical expenses and $2 million for past and future loss of enjoyment of life.
Thirty-eight years might sound like a lifetime but Klages, who exhibited signs of mental illness since he was a child, was seemingly optimistic when sentenced. “I will be happy to serve my years and look forward to getting out into the community,” Klages told the judge.Tags: Andrew Lesperance, Crime, Drugs, Harry Klages, mental illness, Mutilation, New York, party