While in prison an accused rapist plotted the death of his alleged victim and witnesses by passing around paper airplane notes. Patrick O’Sullivan, 21, passed the paper-airplanes to an inmate who he thought was willing to commit the murders for him. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said the paper-airplane plot will add new charges against O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan was charged with raping a woman in December and has been held in Riverhead Correctional Facility since then. He passed the notes between June and September. The paper-airplanes contained the victim’s name, address, map of her home, and instructions on how to dispose of the body.
The plan was to either throw the body in water or to bury it. If buried, O’Sullivan planned on digging up the head and sending it to the witness’s family.
"Once you do it I consider myself in debt to you," O'Sullivan wrote in one of the letters.
The plot fell through when the inmate being passed the notes told the police about them. That inmate was released early from prison in exchange for helping the case against Sullivan. District Attorney Spota says this new evidence will lead to O’Sullivan being put away for even longer.
"Our investigation has uncovered clear evidence of the defendant's planning of a new scheme he believed would result in his freedom," DA Spota said. "Today he will learn that, upon conviction, he will be in prison for decades."
O’Sullivan has been charged with two counts of conspiracy in the second degree, four counts of predatory sexual assault, rape in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, two counts of criminal use of a firearm, burglary in the first degree, and sexual abuse in the first degree.