Child abuse, probation violation gets Westminster man 5 years

August 25, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man who beat his 2-year-old son and left the boy and his 1-year-old sister unattended for 3 1/2 hours in December received a double dose of justice yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Troy T. Haller, 26, was sentenced to six years -- with half suspended -- for child abuse, but received a five-year sentence for a violation of probation on an assault conviction.

Judge Francis M. Arnold struck that probation and reimposed the original five-year term with credit for time served.

Haller has been in jail since Dec. 22. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted in June.

Arnold's ruling came about two hours after Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Haller for child abuse. He placed Haller on four years' probation once he is released from prison. He also ordered Haller to have no contact with anyone younger than 18 while on probation.

The sentences are concurrent.

Prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore asked Burns to send Haller to prison for at least five years because of the previous assault conviction and the severe bruises the boy suffered, but Burns said he was bound by a plea agreement.

Gilmore said the children are doing well in preadoptive foster care since Haller and his wife signed documents waiving their custodial rights as parents.

Pub Date: 8/25/99

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