A Columbia teenager was sentenced Wednesday, July 20, to seven years in jail for brutally beating a man with a hammer in a botched robbery attempt.

Brandon Steven Oglesby, 19, of the 4800 block Teal Wing Court, pleaded guilty July 15 to first-degree assault. As a part of the plea, Howard County Circuit Court Judge Louis A. Becker agreed to give Oglesby a seven-year sentence.

Originally, Oglesby had been charged with attempted murder, assault and attempted armed robbery. The charges stem from an attack Dec. 4, 2010, in which Oglesby cornered a 33-year-old man in the parking lot of his apartment complex on Turnabout Lane, in Columbia, and struck him repeatedly with a hammer.

The victim, according to charging documents, was badly beaten and needed 18 stitches.


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At the sentencing hearing, Assistant Howard County State's Attorney Doug Nelsen called the attack "unprovoked" and said that "one of the blows actually caused a small fracture" to the victim's skull.

According to police, Oglesby approached the man around 8:30 p.m. and asked him for a smoke. When the man reached into his car to retrieve a package of cigarettes, the documents state, Oglesby began beating him with a hammer and demanding money.

The victim, bleeding from the scalp, face, and mouth, blocked one of Oglesby's blows and kicked him in the leg, the charging documents state. The counterattack prompted Oglesby to flee toward the Harper's Choice Village Center.

Becker chided Oglesby during the hearing for "banging people on the head with hammers and playing the gangster role."

Oglesby was also sentenced to two years, which will run concurrent with his seven-year term, for two unrelated second-degree assault charges stemming from an incident at a Dec. 19 party, just two weeks after the hammer attack.