2 Lancaster County sex offenders resentenced after Supreme Court ruling
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.–Two convicted sex offenders were resentenced in Lancaster County Court after a state Supreme Court ruling deemed their original sentences, which involved mandatories, “unconstitutional,” according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.
Thomas Earl Becker, was convicted of sexually abusing three girls, had more than 4 years trimmed from his original 32¾ to 66-year sentence on Thursday. Becker, 58, will serve 28½ to 57 years, in accordance with the new sentence ordered by President Judge Dennis E. Reinaker, prosecutors said.
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.
Daniel C. Work, was convicted of abusing a pre-teen boy, was sentenced Friday to the original term (without the mandatory terms): 10 to 20 years.
Work, 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.
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.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made its “unconstitutional” finding in reference to Wolfe’s request for relief.