Convicted rapist sentenced to two life terms, 25 years

Dean Richard Tully, 21, pleaded guilty last year to three sexual attacks

January 26, 2002|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A serial rapist whose run-ins with the law began by age 10 was sentenced yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to two life terms plus 25 years, a sentence that was even harsher than the one sought by prosecutors.

Dean Richard Tully, 21, of Glen Burnie was described by prosecutors as an incorrigible criminal whose acts escalated in severity over the years. The defense portrayed him as a disturbed young man who repeated sadomasochistic sexual acts that a group of adults taught him as an adolescent in Florida.

"I am convinced that there is no hope of rehabilitation of Mr. Tully," said Judge Clayton Greene Jr., explaining why he rejected a defense request that Tully be sentenced to Patuxent Institution, a state prison facility that focuses on rehabilitating prisoners.

Tully spent three-fourths of his teen-age years in juvenile detention centers in Florida for offenses and did not respond to any programs, according to a presentence report, which recommended three consecutive life terms.

Green ordered him to serve two consecutive life sentences for rape and 25 years for attempted rape.

"I think it was Judge Greene's intent that he never get out. It certainly was mine," said Assistant State's Attorney Laura S. Kiessling, who had asked for two life terms with a third, unspecified sentence to run concurrently.

Tully pleaded guilty last year to three sexual attacks in November 2000 and January 2001 in Glen Burnie, including one in which an elderly woman who had been raped was found naked, battered and duct-taped to her living room coffee table.

Tully "is a piece of garbage. The next time, this boy is going to kill somebody," said the woman's son.

David A. Williamson, a psychiatrist for the defense, said Tully was seduced at age 12 by adults who used him for deviant sex, child pornography videos and sexual violence. Although treated with anti-psychotic medications, Tully has attempted suicide and suffers from depression, Williamson said.

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