Sword Gets Maximum Sentence after Body Burned
– August 16, 2013 4:05 pm
MANASSAS, Va. – After months of continuations and court dates, Richard Dale Sword was sentenced to the maximum five-year penalty yesterday in the Prince William County Courthouse.
On Oct. 30, Anthony Bailey of Manassas died from a mixture of alcohol, Benadryl and Prozac while with brothers Richard Dale and Gerry Lee Sword at the Old Towne Inn.
Initially, the Prince William County District Attorney’s office charged the Sword brothers with murder, but the charge was reduced to improper disposal of human remains after the Medical Examiner’s report revealed that Bailey died of an overdose.
The Sword brothers have a long history in the criminal justice system dating back to the late 1980s with convictions for burglary and the sale of illegal drugs. Both men previously served time in prison.
In May, Richard Dale Sword pleaded guilty to improper disposal of human remains.