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Waynesboro man sentenced to 3 to 11 years in prison

April 12, 2001

Waynesboro man sentenced to 3 to 11 years in prison



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


After a tearful account from his victim, a Waynesboro, Pa., man charged with assaulting and attempting to kidnap her last year was sentenced Wednesday to 3 to 11 years in the State Correctional Institution.

Nathan Allen Hahn, 23, convinced a Waynesboro woman to drive him to a friend's cabin on Old Forge Road around midnight on May 8, where he made sexual advances toward her, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

When she refused, Hahn began to beat her and told her he had a knife, the affidavit said.

"When I went with Nathan, I trusted him and all I wanted to do was help him," she said in court Wednesday. "I really thought I was going to die. I don't want him to hurt anyone else the way he hurt me."

Hahn, his mother and his attorney all gave accounts of how he has changed while incarcerated in Franklin County Prison for the last 11 months.

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"He has done a lot of work on his personal life," said attorney Eric Weisbrod, recounting a story of how Hahn was provoked while in a holding cell in the Franklin County Courthouse in January but refused to fight back. "It took a tremendous amount of self-restraint."

Weisbrod asked Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker to consider sentencing Hahn to time served for the aggravated assault count and a minimum of one year in Franklin County Prison on the criminal attempt to kidnap charge.

"We're talking about an individual who is salvageable. I don't think he will be salvageable if he spends five, 10 or 12 years at the state prison," Weisbrod said.

Hahn's mother, Kim Baker of Waynesboro, blamed her son's violent behavior on May 8 on ineffective treatment for depression.

She said the counselors and chaplains at the county jail have had an impact on Hahn.

"I really see changes in him in the last six months. He has a good outlook on life now," she said. "I'm very thankful they worked with him."

Hahn also spoke about how he's changed and thanked the county for providing the counseling.

"I've been working on my future and I am on the right medication. I'm just sorry," he said.

Walker said Hahn still needed to spend time in a state facility for his crimes.

"You can be sorry for what you did, but it doesn't take away the crime," he said. "You terrorized this girl. Only an animal would treat her the way you did.

"The crimes I read are not local time."

Unlike locally, the state does not automatically parole prisoners after serving their minimum sentences. It will be up to the State Parole Board to determine when Hahn is released.

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