CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A former governor of Virginia ‘ s grandson accused of rape by a fellow University of Virginia student has avoided prison time.
The Daily Progress reports Stephen Dalton Baril, the costs were reduced, and Friday of misdemeanor crime of rape and sodomy to misdemeanor sexual battery and felony unlawful wounding as part of his Alford plea, which acknowledges sufficient evidence for a conviction without admitting guilt.
The woman told the police Baril took her to his apartment and raped her instead of walking her home from a bar in January 2017.
Judge Humes J. Franklin on Friday sentenced the 21-year-old former UVa student, five years, under the supervision made. Franklin accepted the plea agreement, judge this is a fair compromise, partly because none of the parties was happy.
In a victim statement, the woman sentenced to year and a half of hell,” Baril for her. She has rebuilt her life more than 17 months and said that they agreed to a plea deal to avoid reliving the trauma.
“You raped me, or you want to hear it or not,” she said. “You have robbed me of feeling safe in a city I called my home.”
Baril is the grandson of John Dalton, a Republican who served as governor from 1978 to 1982. His father, Steve Baril, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully in 2005 for the attorney-general.
Lawyer Rhonda Quagliana said that she was convinced Baril would be acquitted. But since he was facing a 10-year minimum sentence, if convicted, they said that they decided not to proceed to a trial.
“It is difficult to predict, and in the face of even the possibility that he would be condemned, he has opted to do an Alford plea,” she said.
Areshini Pather, a deputy commonwealth’s attorney for Charlottesville, thanked the woman for her bravery and said that she hoped that the plea agreement helps to its closure.
“When there is the possibility to reach out to the other side of the courtroom and find some commonality in a plea agreement, the responsible thing to do,” she said.
Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com