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Man sentenced for rape

October 01, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man was ordered to spend 18 months in jail minus time he already served after entering a guilty plea Tuesday to one count of second-degree rape.

The charges stemmed from a January incident involving a 17-year-old girl.

Eric Wayne Friend, 38, of 55 S. Potomac St., Apartment 409, also was charged with first- and second-degree assault, and contributing to the condition causing a child to be in need, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone sentenced Friend to 15 years in prison but suspended all but 18 months, which Friend was ordered to serve at the Washington County Detention Center. The sentence was back-dated to May 6, because Friend has been jailed since then awaiting an outcome to his case.

According to the police statement that was admitted in court as the factual background for the charges, the 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend had been staying with Friend for several weeks.

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On Jan. 29, the girl's boyfriend and Friend had an argument. When the girl's boyfriend left the apartment after the fight, Friend forced her to have sex with him, the statement said.

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