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MAN WHO FLED COURTROOM GETS TERM OF 2 TO 6 YEARS

Rex Barry, a convicted Lackawanna home repair scam artist, was ordered Monday to spend two to six years in prison even though his mother came up with the $4,000 he ripped off two years ago from a Lackawanna family.

Barry, 39, has been jailed since Lackawanna police captured him March 16, hours after he fled the downtown courtroom where he was to have been sentenced.

Prosecutor Louis P. Violanti disputed Barry's claim that he never made any false promises to the Balen Road family that hired him for a roof job two years ago and that the family had balked over higher-than-expected costs of material for the job.

After Monday's sentencing, Violanti said Barry had fled March 16 after learning he was facing new felony charges in the theft of tires and tire rims from the Williams Street tire store where he worked.

Lackawanna officers who arrested Barry at his home on Van Wyck Street reported seizing suspected crack cocaine and crack pipes. The tire-theft case and the drug charges remain pending against Barry, Violanti said.

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