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11/13/2013 - Nassawadox man charged with rape of 11 year old girl in Northampton Circuit Court Tuesday - Click here to print this information

By Wesley Edwards

In Northampton County Circuit court Tuesday, Hebrew Finney Jr., of Nassawadox Va. was charged with rape of a eleven year old girl. Mr. Finney was found guilty by a bench trial on April 15, 2013.

Several family members, mother, aunt, and sister were all witnesses for Mr. Finney Jr. told the court that since incarceration in April 2013 Mr. Finney Jr. had changed.

The Commonwealth pointed out that Mr. Finney Jr. had a long record of alcohol abuse and should be punished for this forcible rape. Judge Lewis said to the defendant that even though this was his first felony that the crime of forcible rape of an 11-year-old young girl exposed him to a life sentence in prison but he was going to give him 33 years and eight months with 20 years suspended and the suspension would be hanging over the defendants head for the full 20 years.

John Knapp of New Jersey was charged with reckless driving. On the afternoon of April 26, 2012 on the southbound side of Highway 13 just before the tollbooth Mr. Knapp was clocked at 101 mph in a 55 mph zone. Mr. Knapp, a New Jersey police officer, was off duty and going to visit family in Virginia Beach. With a speedometer calibration certification presented showing a 3 mile-per-hour correction the charges was reduced by judge Lewis to 98 mph in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. Judge Lewis explained to Mr. Knapp that the signs on the bridge were very clearly marked therefore he sentenced Mr. Knapp to 30 days all suspended with a stern warning plus a $1500.00 fine.

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