Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ex-Con Given Maximum For Beating.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Bruce Daniels Journal Staff Writer

Judge Increases Sentence For Brutality of Attack on Attorney

Rex Wilburn Osborne, a 43-year-old ex-con and drifter, was sentenced Friday to the maximum 32 years in prison for the savage sledgehammer beating of lawyer JoAnne Carver.

Carver had hired Osborne to do yard work and odd jobs at her Albuquerque home and had given him use of a converted playhouse in her back yard to store his things and to occasionally sleep in, a friend and former law partner said Friday at Osborne's sentencing.

"I think part of her motivation was to try to help him out," said David Hughes, who shared a law practice with Carver and is now her legal guardian. …

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