Four young people charged in a videotaped attack on a drunken tourist, who was beaten, robbed and stripped in front of a city courthouse on St. Patrick’s day, pleaded guilty to their roles in the crime Monday, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office announced.
Three of them were sentenced to prison time — though most of the terms were suspended — and the fourth is set to be sentenced in December.
The video, distributed online, appeared to show a disoriented man standing with a group in front of the east building of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse. A woman dances against him, while a man, later identified as Rosedale party promoter Aaron Jacob Parsons, grabs something from his pockets, then punches the victim in the face. Others strip the man, a 31-year-old visiting from Virginia, of his clothes and mock him.
Parsons, 20, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but one year of the term suspended. Parsons turned himself in to police in April, after video viewers, outraged by the victim's humiliation, used social media to track him down.
The video was featured on CNN, the Huffington Post and the Drudge Report among other popular sites and drew tips that led police to the defendants.
Shatia Baldwin, 21, also pleaded guilty to robbery in the attack and is scheduled for sentencing in December, the prosecutors’ office said. The man’s iPhone was taken, along with a $1,300 watch and the key to his Audi.
Deangelo Carter, 19, and 20-year-old Shayona Davis, who was originally charged with armed robbery for using her high-heeled shoe as a weapon, each pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and were sentenced to one year in prison, though all but the time they’ve already served was suspended.