ITHACA, N.Y. — A man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to raping an underage girl in Groton last year, court records show.

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Joseph A. Price, 22, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree rape and a misdemeanor for endangering the welfare of a child. He was sentenced on Friday.

Joseph A. Price (Provided image)

According to court records, he raped a girl less than 17-years-old between June 30, 2015 and Dec. 30, 2015.

He was sentenced as a predicate felon — having been convicted of attempted third-degree burglary in 2012 — by Judge J0hn Rowley.  Price will serve three years in prison with seven years of post-release supervision. An order of protection was also issued against him for a period of eight years.

Without the plea, he could have faced a maximum of four years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision.

He was represented in court by attorney Edward Goehler and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama.

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Jolene Almendarez

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