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Convicted rapist asks for new trial in Franklin County

June 06, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Convicted rapist Pov Srun was back in Franklin County Court Thursday, this time via television, asking Judge John Walker for a new trial and reduction of his sentence of 34 1/2 to 150 years for sexually assaulting two women in 2004.

"It's pretty obvious the punishment didn't fit the crime," said Srun, televised from a state prison in Jessup, Md., where he was handcuffed and sitting at a small table. "I just know it was more about revenge and not about justice."

A jury convicted Srun last year of forcing his way into the women's vehicles, driving them to remote locations and sexually assaulting them. One woman was abducted from the Kmart parking lot in Waynesboro, Pa., in September 2004, and the other from the parking lot of Weis Market 12 days later, according to police.

With one of the victims observing in the courtroom, the 37-year-old former Hagerstown man told Walker a fair sentence would be 35 years concurrent with the 35-year sentence he received for sexually assaulting two women in Maryland.

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Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Zook said Srun has to serve at least 17 years in Maryland before he is eligible for parole. Srun's Pennsylvania sentence is now structured to begin after his parole from the Maryland sentence.

Srun is claiming the court erred in his trial by allowing the introduction of evidence from his Maryland convictions.

As for the modification of sentence, Srun's motion argues that Walker's sentence for the rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse convictions exceeded the standard range.

"The court abused its discretion in that the sentence imposed was unreasonable and excessive under the circumstances of the case," the motion read.

Walker told Zook and Public Defender Michael Toms to submit letters to the court by the end of June addressing the issues raised in Srun's appeal.

"I know I'm going to get declined anyway, because this is way too soon," Srun said at one point in the hearing.

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