Man who hit victim guilty of manslaughter


A 33-year-old Annapolis man could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

Orlando A. Foote of the 2000 block of Forest Drive will be sentenced Aug. 24 by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. He pleaded guilty to the Jan. 1 death of James H. Stevenson, 36, of the 1800 block of Bowman Court.

Mr. Stevenson was involved in a street fight near his home about 4:50 a.m. when Foote walked up and punched him once in the mouth, knocking him to the ground, according to a statement of charges filed by Annapolis police.

Mr. Stevenson was unconscious when police arrived and was pronounced dead about an hour later at Anne Arundel Medical Center, according to Annapolis police Detective Pierre Pyle's statement.

Foote, who is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 240 pounds, was interviewed shortly after the incident. He admitted striking the victim, who was 6 feet 1 inch and 199 pounds, Detective Pyle said in the statement.

Laura S. Kiessling, assistant state's attorney, said eyewitnesses and anonymous telephone callers led police to Foote. Officers found him at his home.

Nothing in the victim's medical records indicated he was more susceptible to such a fatal injury than anyone else, said Ms. Kiessling. The autopsy report showed Mr. Stevenson died from a single blow to the back of his head suffered when he hit the concrete.

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