A 21-year-old man awaiting trial on charges he raped a Long Island woman at gunpoint last year is accused of hatching a plot in prison to have her killed, and allegedly used paper airplane notes to enlist a fellow inmate.
Patrick O'Sullivan, 21, appeared briefly in court Wednesday as the new charges against him were made public. He is set to be arraigned formally next week on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
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Prosecutors say O'Sullivan tried to convince a fellow inmate, who is set to be released before the end of the year, to carry out the killing of the victim and a witness, offering him $23,000.
He launched folded notes from his cell to the other inmate to describe his plan, prosecutors said.
"Without a vic's statement, the DA's case against me would lose all the power right? As long as you get that done, I will be Gucci," he is accused of saying.
The unidentified inmate never carried out the killings. Instead he contacted authorities and is cooperating.
O'Sullivan already faces up to life in prison if convicted of the rape. He's accused of attacking a woman who was house-sitting at the Stony Brook home of a friend. He allegedly tied her up with Duct tape, and then raped and sodomized her at gunpoint.
"This is a dangerous man," said Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota.
A call to O'Sullivan's lawyer, William Keahon, was not immediately returned.