Ex-Finksburg man sentenced to 30 years for sex abuse of boys Victims were foster sons of his former lover

March 10, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A former Finksburg man who pleaded guilty last year to sexually abusing his ex-lover's foster sons between 1984 and 1989 was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison.

Marshall M. Kirkpatrick, 33, will begin serving the term at the Carroll County Detention Center, according to an order signed by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.

Kirkpatrick's life has been threatened by his former lover, Samuel L. Glover, 50, who was sentenced in December to 50 years in prison for his role in abusing his foster sons from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.

Beck agreed that Kirkpatrick should not be sent to the state Division of Corrections' Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore until after Glover leaves that facility for a permanent prison placement.

Beck said that he did not believe Kirkpatrick's claim that being a victim of Glover lessened the suffering of the four boys, who are now between 23 and 27 years old.

A presentence evaluation made by Dr. Lawrence J. Raifman of the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup characterized Kirkpatrick as a "chronic victim of sadistic, sexually assaultive and depraved behavior perpetrated by Sam" Glover.

Kirkpatrick described himself as a "battered spouse, utterly controlled, isolated and victimized" by Glover, Raifman said.

Raifman's report concluded that Kirkpatrick is not a pedophile.

Prosecutor Theresa M. Adams asked Beck to impose the maximum sentence agreed upon in the plea bargain -- 70 years, with no more than 30 to serve -- because Kirkpatrick cooperated with investigators and agreed to testify against Glover.

"He deserves some consideration, but nevertheless, he did terrorize those boys," Adams said.

Judson K. Larrimore, a public defender representing Kirkpatrick, asked Beck to impose no more than 20 years, saying that his client, then 17, first met Glover after placing an ad in the personals section of a gay magazine.

Larrimore said Kirkpatrick escaped an abusive home and walked right into Glover's control. He could have no friends and no money, was beaten, and forced to participate in the sexual abuse of the boys, Larrimore said.

"My client's adult life is 1 year old," Larrimore said. "He has enjoyed more personal freedom in jail than he has ever had in his life."

Because of Glover's threats, Kirkpatrick was moved to the Frederick County Detention Center last year to await trial and sentencing. There he developed friendships with some of the inmates and has had no problems, Larrimore said.

Beck said he read about 35 letters -- about 30 from inmates -- who signed a form letter on Kirkpatrick's behalf.

Beck gave Kirkpatrick credit for time served since his arrest Jan. 7, 1997. He also received credit for 60 days served when he and Glover were first arrested in 1993.

Glover and Kirkpatrick made bail at that time and fled the state. They were found in Knoxville, Tenn., after the television show "Unsolved Mysteries" broadcast a story about them in November 1996 and generated hundreds of tips for police.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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