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Convicted rapist gets 15 years in prison

June 20, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown father of three children who was found guilty in April of raping a 19-year-old pregnant woman could serve up to 15 years in prison following his June 10 sentencing in Washington County Circuit Court.

Tony Emmanuel Jones, 42, of 708 N. Mulberry St., was given the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but five years were suspended.

Jones will eligible for parole in October 2010, 7 years and 6 months after he was first jailed. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered Jones to five years of supervised probation upon his release.

A jury found Jones guilty April 10 of all four charges against him: Second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense, false imprisonment and second-degree assault.

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Jones was charged with forcing the woman to have sex with him at his home in March 2002. The woman's parents called police when she told them Jones "had touched her," according to charging documents filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

When Hagerstown City Police investigated further, they found the woman went to visit Jones' daughter, and he forced her to have sex, then told her not to tell anyone about it.

Charges were filed more than a month later when Jones failed to go to police headquarters to have DNA samples taken.

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