Man resentenced to 60 years for child abuse, sex charges

July 30, 1997

An Upperco man whose 1995 conviction for assault with intent to murder was overturned by a state appellate court last year was resentenced yesterday on various child abuse and sexual offense counts to 60 years in prison.

Lee Thomas Barnes, 49, initially received sentences totaling 90 years, 30 of which were imposed for assault with intent to murder, the first of 17 charges against him.

Barnes' conviction on the first count was overturned because higher courts have ruled that a defendant who forces sexual contact upon another while knowing he or she carries the AIDS virus cannot be charged with intent to commit murder.

Yesterday, Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed consecutive 20-year sentences on Barnes for two counts of second-degree sexual offense. He also imposed a 15-year sentence for one count of child abuse and suspended half of a consecutive 10-year sentence for another count of child abuse.

Beck also imposed 40 years in concurrent sentences for counts of child abuse, sexual offenses and reckless endangerment. Two counts of perverted practice were merged into sentences for second-degree sexual offense.

Fires

Hampstead: Firefighters from Arcadia in Baltimore County assisted Hampstead on Monday, responding to a fire alarm in the 700 block of Hanover Pike.

Lineboro: Firefighters responded to wires down on Middletown Road on Sunday.

Hampstead: Firefighters responded to wires down in the 800 block of S. Main St. on Sunday.

Hampstead: Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1800 block of Parsonage Drive on Sunday.

Pub Date: 7/30/97

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