- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A longtime suburban Philadelphia defense attorney convicted of having raped an unconscious client at her apartment has been sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison.

Fifty-seven-year-old Vincent Cirillo Jr. was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Court. He said he was “ashamed and embarrassed” and had disgraced the name of his father, a late Superior Court judge.

But Cirillo continued to maintain his innocence, insisting as he did during his trial that the August 2015 encounter with the 22-year-old woman was consensual. The woman told authorities that she believed she was drugged.

Judge Steven O’Neill called Cirillo’s account of events “convoluted, distorted or delusional.”

Defense attorney Nino Tinari, who earlier called the convictions “against the weight of the evidence,” said he and his client would proceed with their appeal.

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