Man gets 10-year term for assault


An 18-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for severely beating a Westminster resident with a skillet in retaliation for another man's arrest on drug charges, court records show.

Kevin J. Jones of the 1800 block of N. Monroe St. pleaded guilty May 18 to first-degree assault and burglary charges stemming from a beating of Tony Logan at the victim's apartment on East Main Street in January.

Carroll Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway imposed a 20-year sentence on the assault charge before suspending all but 10 years. Upon release, Jones will be on probation five years, must submit to drug counseling and random testing and have no contact with Logan.

The judge also imposed a concurrent 10-year term on the burglary charge.

Prosecutor Brian DeLeonardo argued for a 15-year prison term, noting that Jones and two other men had traveled from Baltimore to beat the victim, who had cooperated with Westminster police in a drug arrest.

According to police reports, officers went to Logan's apartment after neighbors heard him screaming at 5 a.m. As they arrived, three men fled on foot. All three, including Jones, were apprehended.

Logan was treated for serious head and rib injuries after he was punched in the face, kicked in the ribs and slammed with a cast-iron skillet, police reported.

The other two men are awaiting trial, DeLeonardo said.

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