Man given 10-year term for rape in plea bargain ELLICOTY CITY/ELKRIDGE

November 20, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

An Ellicott City man accused of raping two women and attempting to rape a third has been sentenced to 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

John Daniel Kelly, 24, of the 8500 block of Frederick Road was given a 15-year sentence for one count of second-degree rape, with five years suspended, by Howard Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney.

The county state's attorney's office dropped 28 other charges, including three counts of first-degree rape, that were filed against Kelly in the three incidents, court records stated.

Kelly also was ordered to complete five years of probation and to avoid contact with the victims.

Had Kelly been convicted of all charges, he would have faced a maximum sentence of life.

The agreement was entered Nov. 5, about one month after a Circuit Court ruling that allowed genetic fingerprinting evidence

to be used at Kelly's trial.

Kelly was accused of attacking the women in their homes in the historic section of Ellicott City between August 1989 and May 1990, records stated.

The attacks occurred after break-ins in the homes of the sleeping women in the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 1989, May 5, 1990, and May 20, 1990, records stated.

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