Aberdeen man gets reduced sentence in theft

March 26, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 32-year-old Aberdeen man who was sentenced in 1991 to 20 years in prison for theft and malicious destruction was given a reduced sentence in Harford Circuit Court last week that will require him to serve four more years.

Allen Richard Rakes was convicted after pleading guilty in the ransacking of the office of Concord Fields Limited Partnership apartment complex, in the 200 block of Wilson St. in Havre de Grace, on July 22, 1990, court records show.

Stolen and damaged office items totaled an estimated $2,000, court records show.

Judge Cypert O. Whitfill heard testimony from eight witnesses Wednesday that the defendant's criminal history, which was extensive, was closely linked to alcohol use.

Relatives and friends told the judge that the defendant has quit drinking and his attitude toward life has consistently been positive and his behavior exemplary since then.

In modifying the sentence, Judge Whitfill reduced the time the defendant is to serve in prison to seven years and 288 days. The judge suspended all but four years of the sentence and ordered that, upon the defendant's release, he spend five years on supervised probation.

The judge also ordered him to remain alcohol-free as a condition of the probation.

* A Harford grand jury indicted Steven Richard Thompson, 34, of the 500 block of Lee St. in Bel Air, on charges of child abuse and five counts of third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, Harford Circuit Court records indicated.

The March 1 indictment, made public last week, alleged that Mr. Thompson committed the offenses involving a girl at various times in 1991 and 1992.

A trial date has not been set.

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