Teen-ager gets 5 years in beating death of man


A teen-ager was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for his role in the bludgeoning death of a man in Patterson Park last summer.

Anthony Fields, 16, is the second Baltimore teen-ager to be sentenced to prison in the slaying of 45-year-old James Charles Turch, described during a two-week trial this spring as a homosexual.

Witnesses at the trial said that the victim was beaten to death after trying to solicit sexual favors from Fields and co-defendant Terry A. Ostrowski.

Prosecutors said Ostrowski, who was sentenced earlier this month to seven years in prison, split Mr. Turch's skull with blows from a 4-by-4-inch wooden post and Fields kicked the victim's face so hard that he left a shoe imprint.

During the trial, the defendants testified that Mr. Turch, a cook at a Glen Burnie restaurant, attempted to molest Fields. A fight ensued whenOstrowski and another man came to the aid of their friend, said M. Cristina Gutierrez, Fields' attorney.

But prosecutor William McCollum said that there was no evidence that Mr. Turch in any way instigated the beating. Lynn Turch, a cousin of the victim, said allegations that Mr. Turch had propositioned boys in the park were lies to confuse jurors.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Fields yesterday to 10 years in prison, with five suspended, for manslaughter.

He added three years, to be served concurrently, for a deadly weapon conviction. Fields, with addresses in the 300 block of S. Madeira St. and the 2600 block of E. Fairmount Ave., was also ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service.

In April, a jury found Fields and Ostrowski, 18, not guilty of second-degree murder but guilty of manslaughter and carrying a deadly weapon in the attack.

A third co-defendant, 18-year-old Christopher Mills, was acquitted of all charges.

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