2011-05-12 / Local & State

PA Man Gets Life In Third-Strike Child-Sex Case

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former caretaker of a western Pennsylvania cemetery has been sentenced to life in prison under the three-strikes provision of Megan’s Law.

Thirty-one-year-old David Allen Helsel of Altoona was sentenced Friday in Blair County on 15 charges, including attempted rape of a child, in a June 2009 case.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Kiss said Helsel should get life because of a 2000 sentence for separate child rape offenses.

Defense attorney Douglas Keating said those offenses should be considered as one and his client should have gotten 25 years as a secondstrike offender.

But The Altoona Mirror says Doyle said Megan’s Law meant “one victim equals one strike.”

Keating says he will appeal on the three-strike issue.

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