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Man pleads guilty to beating ex-girlfriend

June 11, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A Frederick man accused of beating a former girlfriend last January not only had to face Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright III on Thursday, but also his wife of 25 years.

Alfred Lee Rector, 47, of 6006 Heather Ridge Drive, pleaded guilty to the second-degree assault of Tina Weddington on Jan. 30 near her South Potomac Street apartment.

In jail since Feb. 3, Rector was sentenced to four years in prison and given credit for the time he has served. The remainder of the sentence was suspended.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Mark Wolfe said police were called to East Baltimore and South Potomac streets at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 30.

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Three witnesses told the officers where to find Weddington, who was sitting on the stairs leading to her apartment, bleeding from her upper lip.

"Don't let Alfred hit me anymore," Weddington told police.

She said he came over while she was getting ready to go out and went on a rampage through her apartment.

When she fled the apartment, he followed her, caught up with her and punched her while she was sitting in a vehicle, Wolfe said.

Originally charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, Rector was allowed to plead to the lesser offense because Weddington had been uncooperative with prosecutors, Wolfe said.

Shirley Rector was in the courtroom Thursday and told the court that she would be willing to take back her husband.

"I hope he's learned his lesson," she said.

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