A former Oakland Mills High School football player has been found guilty of smashing a beer bottle over the head of a rival Howard County football player in March.
Bradley Aaron Matulevich, 18, of the 7300 block of Mossy Brink Court was convicted Thursday of assault with intent to maim and assault and battery by Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney after a two-day trial.
Matulevich, who graduated from high school this spring, will be sentenced Aug. 22 by Judge Sweeney. He could received up to 15 years in prison.
Matulevich is one of four Oakland Mills students charged in the March 10 fight in the high school's parking lot that hospitalized 18-year-old Shawn A. Sherman of Elkridge for about three weeks.
Mr. Sherman, who graduated from Howard High School this year and was named the football team's most valuable defensive player, testified that he suffers weakness and seizures because of his injuries.
He has filed a civil lawsuit against Matulevich and three juvenile defendants, seeking $1.5 million on each of five counts. The three juveniles are charged in separate criminal cases. Matulevich is the only defendant charged as an adult.
During testimony Wednesday, Mr. Sherman said the only thing he remembered about the night of the fight was sitting in his car at a friend's house waiting to leave for a party.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Murtha said the attack stemmed from hostility that arose after Mr. Sherman stopped a fight between Oakland Mills High and Howard High students outside a Pizza Hut in February.
Because of that incident, a juvenile charged in the incident -- a friend of Matulevich's -- has held a grudge against Mr. Sherman, said the prosecutor.
Defense witnesses testified Thursday that Matulevich tried to pull one of his friends away from the March fight after Mr. Sherman started the altercation. They testified that they didn't see Matulevich strike Mr. Sherman with a beer bottle.