Daniel Eugene Binick, who killed a Baltimore bartender in 1975 then moved to Utah and changed his identity, will serve no prison time.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Robert I.H. Hammerman on Monday handed Binick a 30-year suspended sentence and ordered him to undergo two years of residential treatment in Utah.Binick, 41, who lived 13 years in Utah under the alias "Jerry LeBaeu, will return to Utah as soon as the state division of Adult Probation and Parole can find a suitable program for him, said Baltimore state prosecutor Mark Cohen. After completing that program, Binick will remain on probation for three years.
In a phone conversation Monday with the Deseret News, Cohen sounded disappointed. "But I can't criticize a judge. I asked for seven years and didn't get it. That's all I can say."
Cohen said Hammerman felt Binick has rehabilitated himself and that prison would serve no purpose. The judge was also impressed by an outpouring of support from Utahns, Cohen said.
Binick pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to the shooting death of Walter Sebrowski, who was gunned down March 5, 1975, during a robbery of Sebrowski's Baltimore bar.
Fifteen months later, Binick was charged with murder but managed to escape arrest. He came to Utah, assumed a new identity and changed his life, according to friends and supporters who took up Binick's defense.
Married with two stepchildren, Binick, known by friends as "Bear," had devoted himself to Christian causes, helping transients, alcoholics and drug abusers.
Up until his arrest in March, Binick was working as a cook at the Alano Club in Murray, a center for recovering substance abusers. He was also helping his wife, Samantha LeBaeu, finish her nursing degree at Brigham Young University.
After visiting with a priest at the monastery in Huntsville, Weber County, Binick decided to clear his conscience and surrender to the FBI.