A man who pleaded guilty to beating a homeless man in North Laurel has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Kenneth Marvin Davis, 31, of Laurel was given the sentence after pleading guilty in a Howard Circuit Court hearing Monday to battery in the May 6 incident.
Judge Dennis Sweeney initially sentenced Davis to 10 years in prison, but suspended all but three years of the term. Battery carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Judge Sweeney also ordered Davis to avoid contact with the victim and to complete four years of supervised probation upon his release from prison.
As part of the plea agreement, county prosecutors dropped additional charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, assault and a weapons violation.
Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. last month sentenced Davis' co-defendant, Rudolph Queen, 31, of Laurel, to a three-year prison term for his role in the beating.
Davis and Queen, who were friends of the victim, are accused of threatening to kill the man while they beat him after pulling him from an abandoned car where he was sleeping in the 10100 block of Washington Blvd.
The men used a wooden crutch and a log in the beating. During the incident, Davis gave a knife to Queen, who put it to the victim's throat.
The victim managed to get away while being dragged to nearby woods.
He went to the Laurel City Police Department, and officers took him to a hospital for treatment.