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Appeals court OKs Pa. molester's resentencing

September 17, 2013
Associated Press

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Superior Court has upheld the 75- to 150-year child molestation sentence that a central Pennsylvania judge imposed on a former cemetery caretaker after the appeals court previously ruled the judge couldn't sentence the man to life in prison without parole under the three-strikes provision of Megan's Law.

The Altoona Mirror ( ) reports Tuesday that the court approved last October's resentencing of 33-year-old David Helsel, finding Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle was justified in handing down the lengthy sentence.

The same court last year vacated the life sentence by ruling that Helsel's 2011 conviction, which involved two girls assaulted near a cemetery, amounted to only his second offense, not his third. Helsel had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping two girls in the 1990s, but the appeals court counted that as one conviction, not two.


Information from: Altoona Mirror,



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