The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on May 3, 1984 · Page 35
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 35

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, May 3, 1984
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BIO-The Post, Thursday, May 3, 1984 N SC S PB ' Man Sentenced in Beating Using Hammer on Wife 'Violated Loving Trust9 - WAUCHULA (AP) - Saying Thomas Eugene Drake had "violated the loving trust of his wife" by beating her over the head with a hammer, a judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 30 years for attempted murder. " Polk Circuit Judge Oliver Green went beyond state guidelines and even the prosecutor's recommendation in sentencing the 45-year-old former trucker Tuesday. Nancy Drake, 48, suffered brain damage from the beating with a claw hammer during a robbery last July 8 at the First Church of the Nazarene. About $3,800 was stolen from the church, where she worked as a secretary. Prosecutors claimed Drake tried to kill his wife of nine years so he could be with his girlfriend. In December, a Polk County jury found Drake guilty of attempted first-degree murder and robbery. During that trial, Mrs. Drake said she could not remember events surrounding the beating. In January, she said her memory returned and she realized that a stranger not her husband attacked her. That won Drake a new trial. The case was moved to Hardee County, where a jury last month convicted Drake of a lesser charge of attempted second-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Sentencing guidelines called for Drake to receive a five-year prison term. Prosecutor Lank Havice had asked the judge to go outside the guidelines, as allowed by law when there are certain aggravating circumstances, and give Drake a 30-year term. After the hearing, defense attorney Larry Shearer said he was not surprised Green handed down a more stringent sentence than called for by the guidelines. "But it should be within reason," he said, adding that he would appeal the conviction and sentence. Shearer said he "was surprised that a judge who was on the sentencing guidelines commission would make such a mockery of the guidelines system." Green was on the 14-member commission appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to draft the new guidelines, which are intended to standardize penalties throughout the state. Shearer did not call Mrs. Drake to the stand in the retrial two weeks ago, a move the state protested because Shearer had told jurors in his opening remarks that the victim would testify. Shearer said later that her mental condition might have caused her to become confused under cross-examination. Drake testified that he took his wife to lunch the day of the attack, but he denied beating her. In his order, Green said: "It may be academic, but the court believes that the defendant's conduct constituted attempted first-degree murder ..." The order said Mrs. Drake was close to death and will suffer extreme disability and severe psychological limitations for the rest of her life. "It is significant that the defendant committed the crimes for which he is convicted for pecuniary gain and for the purpose of enhancing his extra-marital relationship with another woman," said Green. The judge also noted that Drake "perjured himself in the trial ... by denying his guilt." Although robbery and attempted first-degreee murder are both first-degree felonies, state guidelines call for the robbery charge to be considered the primary offense in sentencing. The guidelines therefore put Drake in the robbery category for sentencing and called for a five-year term for the first offense. AMERICAS FAMILY DRUG STORE Operation Gives Pair A Reunion VERO BEACH (AP) - A 31-year-old kidney recipient said she feels 10 years younger after receiving the new organ from a father she hadn't seen in nearly two decades. "I feel like the old Chris of 10 years ago," said Chris Olsen, who returned home Monday. "These people (family and friends), they don't know Chris yet. They just know the sick Chris." - Ms. Olsen underwent a kidney transplant operation April 3, receiving the organ from her father, Robert Olsen, 52, whom she hadn't seen in 17 years. She hasn't been able to see him since they were reunited because diabetes left her blind three years ago. But Ms. Olsen said she's hoping to get her sight back, as well as her health. Doctors at Florida Hospital in Orlando said her new kidney will improve her health and give her a chance for a normal life. Ms. Olsen has had to undergo painful and tedious dialysis treatments for three years, hooked up to a machine four hours a day, three days a week. The machine filtered toxins and other impurities from her blood. She now said her new kidney "is working better than the doctors'." The doctors released her from Florida Hospital Friday after four weeks of recuperation. 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