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Brubaker sentenced on child sex charges

Former Mathews resident Karl Brubaker of Cumberland, Maryland, was sentenced last Wednesday in Mathews Circuit Court to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty on March 15 to one count of aggravated sexual battery by a parent of a 13-17 year-old child.

However, the judge suspended nine years, 11 months, and 15 days of the sentence, effectively sentencing Brubaker to the 15 days he had already served in jail for the crime. He was also sentenced to 20 years of probation and indefinite supervision and was required to pay $488 in court costs.

Mathews Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Bowen said the plea agreement was part of a deal reached with the district attorney of Cumberland, where Brubaker is awaiting sentencing on July 27 for similar crimes committed against two younger siblings of the victim in the Mathews case.

Bowen said one reason he entered into the agreement is that Virginia’s sentencing guidelines for the crime, which occurred in May 2008, called for Brubaker to serve just...

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