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By From Staff Reports | December 4, 1994
James Howard VanMetre's first chance at parole from a Pennsylvania prison will be delayed at least two years, after a judge increased his sentence for a 1991 rape and kidnapping.Adams County, Pa., Common Pleas Judge John D. Kuhn changed VanMetre's sentence Wednesday from 13-26 years to 15 1/2 -35 years after determining the earlier sentence was illegal, court officials said.Under the previous sentence, VanMetre, 37, of East Berlin, Pa., would have been eligible for parole in 10 years. Under the revised sentence, he first will be considered for parole in 12 years.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | April 14, 1993
James Howard VanMetre III's defense attorney told a Carroll County jury yesterday that his client strangled a 28-year-old Pennsylvania woman on a Harney farm in September 1991.But when the case is over, VanMetre will not be found guilty of first-degree murder, Howard Assistant Public Defender Louis P. Willemin said in his opening statement."Ladies and gentlemen, on Sept. 26, 1991, Jim VanMetre strangled Holly Ann Blake, and there isn't going to be any doubt about that he killed her in a heat of passion," said Mr. Willemin, who is handling the case with Carroll Assistant Public Defender Martha Ann Sitterding.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | March 30, 1993
Attorneys for James Howard VanMetre III are using Maryland's trial-scheduling rule to thwart prosecution of their client, an assistant state's attorney claimed in Carroll Circuit Court yesterday.The rule requires prosecutors to try a criminal defendant within 180 days of the appearance of an attorney in the case.It "is being used here as a sword," said Assistant State's Attorney Christy McFaul during the second day of VanMetre's pretrial motions hearing.VanMetre, 35, was indicted in December 1991 on first-degree murder charges in the strangulation of Holly Ann Blake, 28, whose burned remains were found Oct. 6, 1991 on a Harney farm.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | June 14, 1992
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- If it weren't for the voices inside his head, urging him to go "somewhere in the wrong direction," James VanMetre III says he wouldn't be sitting in a medium-security state prison 30 miles north of here awaiting first-degree rape and murder trials in two states.If it weren't for those voices, the 34-year-old tree trimmer and occasional drifter wouldn't be facing what amounts to more than 200 years behind bars."You know, my mind kept telling me, 'Go for it,' " he told Pennsylvania state police in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
James Howard VanMetre III told police he strangled a 28-year-old Pennsylvania woman on a Harney farm in September 1991 when she made a disparaging remark about his anatomy on their first date, according to a tape-recorded confession played yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court.After a marathon third day of testimony in VanMetre's pretrial hearing, Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold ruled last night that the defendant's numerous confessions to police can be used in his first-degree murder trial, which begins April 12.VanMetre, 35, was indicted in December 1991 on first- and second-degree murder charges in the strangulation death of Holly Ann Blake, 28, a Pennsylvania mother of three whose burned remains were later found on a Harney farm.
NEWS
March 2, 1995
By referring the case of James H. VanMetre III to the U.S. attorney for review, Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes hopes to rectify the botched prosecution of VanMetre by his predecessor, Thomas E. Hickman. Even if VanMetre stands trial and is convicted of federal charges for the gruesome murder of Holly Blake in 1991, justice will only partly be served.The appropriate charge against VanMetre was murder. The appropriate venue for trial in Maryland was state court. The evidence -- including a confession -- seemed more than sufficient to convict VanMetre.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | April 15, 1993
James Howard VanMetre III didn't want to go to court yesterday.In his cell at the Carroll County Detention Center, the 35-year-old who is on trial for first-degree murder tied himself to his bunk -- using bedsheets -- and refused to be taken across the street to Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.'s courtroom, said Sheriff John H. Brown.It took sheriff's deputies, VanMetre's attorneys, a nurse and a psychologist almost three hours to persuade him to make an appearance in the courtroom so the third day of his jury trial could begin.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | October 21, 1994
The Maryland Court of Appeals will not reconsider the reversal of a first-degree murder conviction against a Pennsylvania man accused of strangling and burning a woman on a Carroll County farm.Without comment, the state's highest court has left intact a June ruling by the Court of Special Appeals that said James Howard VanMetre III's murder conviction should be thrown out because Carroll prosecutors did not follow Maryland's trial scheduling rule.The intermediate court said the Carroll state's attorney should have asked a judge to waive the rule -- which calls for a trial within 180 days of an attorney's involvement in a case -- when it was clear that VanMetre would not be released by Pennsylvania authorities in time for his trial.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | May 27, 1993
Saying James Howard VanMetre III didn't deserve to be a part of society ever again, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced him to life in prison without parole for the 1991 murder of a Pennsylvania woman."
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | May 27, 1993
Saying James Howard VanMetre III didn't deserve to be a part of society ever again, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced him to life in prison without parole for the 1991 murder of a Pennsylvania woman."
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