1999-12-25 / Front Page

Will Face 25 Years In Prison

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Far Rock Man Convicted Of Rape

By Joan Ward George

Jermaine Barns, 25, of 24-18 Deerfield road, Far Rockaway was convicted last Friday of sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl on April 26, 1998. He will face sentencing on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment. It took only one week of a jury trial before Acting Supreme Court Justice Joel Blumenfeld for the guilty conviction to come in. Barnes now faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 20.

According to the testimony released by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the girl was 12 at the time of the assault when Barnes grabbed her off the street. The victim was reportedly on her way home from a local laundromat when Barnes approached her from behind and forced her into his Deerfield road residence, forced her to take off her clothing and raped her. As the victim struggled to leave, Barnes forced her to sign a statement falsely asserting that she was 18 and that the act was consensual. She signed the statement and fled home to her mother who immediately called the police. Barnes was arrested half an hour later.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Antignani of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, which is under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Marjory Fisher, is in charge of the prosecution of this case.

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