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Man gets six years in spitting incident


ANNAPOLIS -- A judge sentenced a man to six years in prison for spitting in the face of a restaurant manager.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth said he exceeded sentencing guidelines Wednesday because Jeffrey B. Anderson, 31, has spent more than a decade violating the law.

Anderson was convicted last month of trespass and battery for returning to a Glen Burnie restaurant on Oct. 21, 1991, and spitting in the face of Mike Fratantuono after being told hours earlier to stay away.

"It may have been that you were doing a life sentence 30 days at a time, but you've reached the point where the court has to put an end to it," the judge said during sentencing.

Guidelines call for a three-month to two-year sentence.

Anderson, who is being treated for schizophrenia, has a record that includes battery and disorderly intoxication convictions. He was not taking medication at the time of the offense.

Assistant Public Defender Robert Waldman said he will ask a three-judge panel to cut the term. Mr. Fratantuono had sought a 20-year term.

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