Child rapist gets no relief at resentencing

Jeremy H. Barney (Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A prison inmate serving prison time for sexually abusing a child won’t get a break from his original sentence.

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.

The district attorney’s office said Barney’s original sentence involved a mandatory minimum term, so his case was remanded for resentencing. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has deemed such sentences unconstitutional.

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

Reinaker said the terms he ordered were within state sentencing guidelines.

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