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4 TUESDAY, JULY 29- THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette ( First of three on trial for locking woman, then 89, in trunk By Ryan Mavity Delaware Superior Court Judge and must complete six years of Richard Stokes said, "Mr. Harper, work release as part of his sen- you have little respect for the tence. The first of three teens facing law. I find you to be a dangerous Harper's attorney, John Brady, trial for kidnapping and car- person." said he would appeal his client's jacking a 89-year-old woman in Harper was facing a maximum conviction within 30 days. He March 2013 has been sentenced of 66 years in prison. Prosecutor said Stokes was sending a mes- to 30 years in prison. Melanie Withers asked Stokes for sage with his sentence. Rondaiges Harper, 19, was a sentence of 15 years. But Stokes, "This is the first person he convicted June 26 of first-de- taking into account the nature of could send a message with," gree carjacking, first-degree the crime and Harper's previous Brady said. kidnapping and two counts of arrests for theft, shoplifting and As soon as Stokes read that conspiracy for his role in locking assault, gave Harper the maxi- Harper would receive 25 years, Margaret Smith, now 90, in the mum of 25 years for kidnapping Harper's family members left the truck of her car for two days be- and five years for carjacking, courtroom. fore dumping her in an isolated Harper also received two years' Speaking in his own defense, cemetery, probation On conspiracy charges Harper apologized for what hap- In handing down the sentence, pened and said he did not wish co-defendant Phillip Brewer, who to spend the rest of his life in jail. pleaded guilty to carjacking and "I'm not that person," he re- kidnapping and testified against peated several times during his Harper at trial, took Smith out of statement. Harper, who has a the trunk and then put her back deep voice but speaks softly, said in during their two-day joyride. he wished to finish school. "They did not care whether But Stokes and Withers point- she lived or died," Withers said. ed out that Harper knew Smith Stokes said the teens terror- had been kidnapped by co-de- ized, brutalized and humiliated fendants ]ackeline Perez and Smith. Junia McDonald and that Smith "You," he said looking at did not wish to be in the trunk. Withers said Harper, along with Continued on page 5 0 Donald J. Foraker, Jr., CPA 0 Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor We do more than just taxes... Bookkeeping & Quickbooks Assistance Business Advice for all entity types New Business Set-up and more! Located at 19606 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach 0 (800)748-0354 A Beachside Retreat of Custom Garden Townhomes in the city of Lewes August lOth i .............. REALTOR ni w