'Vicious animal' gets life in rape-slaying

December 12, 1990|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge compared Eugene Dale Jr. to a "vicious animal" before sentencing him to life plus 20 years in prison without parole for the 1988 rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl.

The sentence imposed yesterday by Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe is to run consecutively to the life plus 20 years Dale is already serving for the rape of another girl, his daughter's best friend, also in 1988. Dale's presentence report said corrections officials have segregated him from other inmates because of threats from "enemies within the institution."

Bothe said Dale, 32, has taken much from society and given nothing in return, "not even apologies or regrets."

"It appears that his position in life so approached that of a vicious animal that he cannot in any way respond to the community," Bothe said.

The judge called Dale's crimes "the most egregious acts a human being can commit."

A jury convicted Dale Oct. 11 of the first-degree murder and second-degree rape of Andrea Perry, a Harlem Park Middle school student who sang in her church's choir. The jury also convicted him of a handgun charge.

"I'm ecstatic," said Andrea's mother, Ella Thompson, 40. "He got everything he deserved."

"I don't want him to die," Thompson said. "I want him to live with this day by day . . . so he can suffer like I'm suffering."

Assistant State's Attorney Donald Giblin, who prosecuted the case with Ilene Nathan, said Dale was a "psychopathic animal" who preyed on young girls.

"He deserves to be locked up in a cage," Giblin said. "Cages are for animals."

Giblin told the judge that Dale has an "extensive history of sexual assaults on women." They included an attempted rape in 1979 for which he served eight years, and the rape of his daughter's best friend, a 13-year-old girl, less than three weeks after Andrea was murdered.

"He snuffed out the life of a young woman who was filled with promise, a young woman who had her life ahead of her, a young woman who is sorely missed," Giblin said.

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