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Posted on: March 12, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Child Rapist to Serve at Least 20 Years after Judge Offers no Reduction at Re-Sentencing

Jeremy Barney

A prison inmate serving time for rape of a child will get no relief from his original sentence, after his case was remanded for re-sentencing.

Jeremy H. Barney, 41, was sentenced in 2014 to 20 to 40 years for rape and other sexual abuse of a boy in Manheim Township in 2008.

Barney’s original sentence involved a mandatory minimum term, so his case was remanded for re-sentencing. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has deemed such sentences unconstitutional.

At a recent re-sentencing hearing in Lancaster County Court, President Judge Dennis Reinaker ordered a 20-to-40-year sentence, noting he was not invoking mandatory minimums.

The president judge said the terms he ordered on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and unlawful contact with a minor were within state sentencing guidelines.

Assistant District Attorney James Reeder, who prosecuted Barney, also represented the Commonwealth at the re-sentencing hearing.

Manheim Township police filed charges in the case.

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