A pair of convicted sex offenders were recently resentenced in Lancaster County Court after a state Supreme Court ruling deemed their original sentences, which involved mandatories, “unconstitutional.”
Thomas Earl Becker, convicted of sexually abusing three girls, had more than 4 years trimmed from his original 32¾ to 66-year sentence on Thursday.
Becker, now 58, will serve 28½ to 57 years, in accordance with the new sentence ordered by President Judge Dennis E. Reinaker.
Becker abused the three girls while living on 5th Street in Denver, between 2008 and 2010.
He is deemed a “sexually violent predator” and must register his whereabouts, under Megan’s Law, for the rest of his life.
East Cocalico Township police Detective Kerry Sweigart filed charges.
- Daniel C. Work, convicted of abusing a pre-teen boy, was sentenced Friday to the original term (without the mandatory terms): 10 to 20 years.
Work, now 36, formerly of Manheim Township, is still deemed a ‘sexually violent predator” and must register his whereabouts, under Megan’s Law, for the rest of his life, according to President Judge Reinaker’s order.
Work maintains his innocence, even knowing it will prevent him from being paroled at the minimum term, his attorney said in court.
Manheim Township police Detective Al Leed filed charges.
Assistant District Attorney James Reeder represented the Commonwealth for both hearings.
Three Lancaster County sex offenders have been resentenced in Lancaster County Court in the past week.
On Sept. 21, Matthew Wolfe was resentenced and received a 3½-year reduction from his minimum sentence.
Wolfe, now 22, is serving 6½ to 13 years for abusing a 13-year-old girl in 2012.
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