Man gets 60-year sentence for rape in Westminster

March 28, 1997

A Gaither man was sentenced to concurrent 60-year prison terms after pleading guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a Westminster woman in November.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. ordered that Reese M. Baker, 40, of Gaither Road, southwest of Sykesville, be taken immediately to the state Division of Corrections Diagnostic Center in Baltimore.

By pleading guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense, Baker avoided a jury trial and a possible life sentence for the Nov. 9 attack.

Baker also agreed to be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and to allow the test results be made known to the victim.

Prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore said Baker broke into the woman's home on South Green Street about 3 a.m. and assaulted her for several hours.

He was arrested five days later in Sykesville after a co-worker provided police with his name, and his description matched that given by the victim.

Police

Westminster: An employee at Graham's Service Center on Manchester Avenue told police yesterday that property was stolen from a vehicle parked at the business. The loss was estimated at $450.

Westminster: A Manchester resident told police Wednesday that a window was broken while his vehicle was parked on Business Parkway South. Damage was estimated at $200.

Pub Date: 3/28/97

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