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Life sentence sought in Hagerstown rape case

October 17, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Prosecutors said Tuesday that they will seek a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for a Hagerstown man if he is found guilty of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl and raping two local women in their homes.

James Ellis Hackey, 39, is charged with 54 counts of assault, rape and other sexual offenses.

The indictment includes first-degree rape and kidnapping charges in a May 10 incident in which the girl was taken from her bedroom at Oak Ridge Apartments. Other charges stem from encounters with two local women.

Police allege that Hackey broke into homes on Manor Drive and Kelly's Lane and raped the women. The women are named in the indictment, but The Herald-Mail does not publish the names of sexual assault victims.

Hackey is charged with first-degree rape and several lesser charges in all three cases. Conviction on a charge of first-degree rape carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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The Office of the Public Defender formally entered its appearance Tuesday morning in Washington County Circuit Court as Hackey's defense counsel. Assistant Public Defenders Brian Hutchison and Jerome Joyce represented Hackey.

After the hearing, Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton served Hackey with papers indicating that the state was seeking life without parole if he is convicted.

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