Conviction in battery is suspended

April 02, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man charged with raping a female companion in October was found guilty of battery in Carroll County Circuit Court and given a suspended sentence yesterday.

Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced Gary Lee Grimes, 48, of the first block of Pennsylvania Ave. to three years in state prison, then suspended all but 182 days, the amount of time the defendant has spent in the Carroll County Detention Center since his arrest. He had been held on $100,000 bail.

The judge also placed Mr. Grimes on five years of unsupervised probation and ordered him to have no contact with the victim, who is not being identified by The Sun to protect her privacy.

Prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore, an assistant state's attorney, said she offered the plea arrangement on the lesser charge of battery because the victim did not want to endure a trial.

According to the plea arrangement, no other charges against the defendant -- including the second-degree rape count -- will be prosecuted, Ms. Gilmore said.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant and the woman drove to a lot in Westminster, where he assaulted her.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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