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MOLESTER GETS 70-YEAR TERM

MOLESTER GETS 70-YEAR TERM

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A Charlotte man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for molesting his 4 1/2-month-old daughter, who was hospitalized for severe vaginal injuries.

``Your honor, I'm ashamed of what I've done,' David R. Smith told Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Griffin. ``I never in my right mind would hurt anyone. I would like to have a chance to start a new life.'Smith said he was high on cocaine when he hurt his daughter March 19, 1989. After slashing his wrists with a razor blade, he used his finger to leave a message on the kitchen table in his blood: ``I love you.'

Prosecutor Barry Cook called Smith's crimes ``unimaginable' and ``sinister' and urged Griffin to give him the maximum 90-year sentence.

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