Herman May out on plea deal

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Herman May is a free man -again.

May, freed from prison last year after 13 years in prison on a rape conviction, was released from jail today after striking a plea agreement with Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland.

May, who was being held at the Franklin County Regional Jail under a $20,000 cash bond for violating terms of his release, agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of receiving stolen property - a charge that preceded the original rape and sodomy case more than 14 years ago. May was caught with a bass guitar stolen in the same neighborhood where the rape occurred and was one of reasons police reported he was considered a suspect.

In exchange, Cleveland will not reprosecute May on the rape and sodomy charges according to the plea agreement.

"It's a good deal for the Commonwealth," Cleveland said. "We got a felony conviction and we didn't give up anything."

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