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Child sex abuser given one year in...


Child sex abuser given one year in county jail

A 46-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to one year in the Carroll County jail after pleading guilty yesterday to sexually abusing his step-daughter when she was 10 years old.

In a deal with prosecutors, the defendant, who now is divorced from the girl's mother, pleaded guilty to a single count of child abuse. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped two second-degree rape charges and agreed to recommend a jail sentence of no more than 18 months for the defendant.

Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed a 10-year sentence, but suspended all but one year of it. He also ordered the man to pay more than $4,800 in restitution to the victim and her mother.

The defendant will be allowed to continue working as a truck driver while he serves his jail sentence. The man is to begin serving his sentence Friday.

According to a statement of facts read in court by Deputy State's Attorney Edward M. Ulsch, the man was drinking in his bedroom one night in 1985 when he asked his step-daughter to come in and scratch his back. When she arrived, the man forced her to the floor and forced her to have sexual intercourse.

Appeals court rejects cornfield murderer

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has rejected an appeal by Abras Q. "Sandy" Morrison, the 21-year-old Baltimore County man convicted of killing a 74-year-old North Baltimore woman in a Hampstead cornfield two years ago.

Morrison had asked the court to reverse his conviction, claiming that the victim's diary and statements of his financial problems at the time of the killing were improperly admitted into evidence during his jury trial.

In an opinion filed Monday, a three-judge appellate panel upheld Morrison's 1992 conviction on first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy charges in the fatal stabbing of Margaret Cullen.

Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced Morrison to life in prison without parole and later rejected Morrison's plea for a life term with the possibility for parole.

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