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Man sentenced for assaulting person with cerebral palsy

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The 29-year-old man accused of mocking and assaulting a person with cerebral palsy was found guilty of his actions.

Barry Baker, of Georgetown, Delaware, was sentenced Wednesday to a maximum sentence of three to six years in state prison.

Baker was arrested in May after officials said he mocked the disability of a 22-year-old man as he walked inside the 7-Eleven store on South High Street in West Chester. He again mocked the man before sucker-punching him in the face as he left the store and returned to his SUV. 

Video of the incident was recorded by the store's surveillance cameras and released by the DA's office. It shows Baker fleeing the scene by running around the corner of the store.

"This defendant is a bully," West Chester DA Thomas Hogan said in May. "Every decent citizen should be outraged by the defendant’s conduct. The victim is to be commended for keeping his cool and notifying the police."

 


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