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B.C. man given 25-year prison term for sexual assault

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A British Columbia man linked to a string of sexual attacks in both Canada and the United States was sentenced on Monday to a quarter-century in a New York prison.

Greg Poirier, 39, was convicted last month for a 2008 incident in which he followed a woman into her East Village, Manhattan, apartment building, pushed her into her home and sexually assaulted her.

He is already serving a five-year sentence for a string of similar sexual assaults in which he attacked women at their Manhattan homes.

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The woman in the 2008 incident had reportedly bitten Mr. Poirier, leaving behind traces of his DNA in her apartment. It was then matched to a 2009 assault.

According to court records, Mr. Poirier was also charged with sexual assault, break and enter with intent to commit offence and flight from a police officer stemming from a November, 2007, incident in Vernon, B.C. In that case, a woman in the East Hill area awoke to find Mr. Poirier in her bedroom, police said at the time. A car linked to Mr. Poirier was found in Vancouver.

On Monday, Mr. Poirier told a Manhattan judge that the sentence, the maximum for his crime, didn't matter to him because he plans to appeal. He pointed to his heritage and beliefs as a native Canadian and said he felt mistreated by the U.S. justice system.

Mr. Poirier, who is 6-foot-2 and about 250 pounds, has also gone by the aliases Greg Simon Dennis-Poirier and "Chauchee," according to court records.

Defence lawyer Hershel Katz said Mr. Poirier was working as a truck driver in New York.

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