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Man given 3 life sentences for 1970s rapes

ROCKVILLE — A convicted rapist was sentenced to three additional life terms, two of them to be served consecutively, for rapes he committed in Maryland in the 1970s.

The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office reports Timothy Joseph Buzbee was sentenced Thursday. The 54-year-old Buzbee pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of first degree rape. In 2009, authorities used DNA samples taken at the time of the three rapes in 1977, 1978 and 1979 to connect Buzbee to the crimes.

Buzbee was previously convicted of three other rapes in the Aspen Hill area in 1983 and had been serving three concurrent life sentences plus 50 years as a result. He became eligible for parole in 2005.

Buzbee will now become eligible for parole when he turns 65 because of his age.