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Man, 35, pleads guilty in stabbing death...


Man, 35, pleads guilty in stabbing death of brother

David Mastin Bouchelle, 35, pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in the stabbing death of his 43-year-old brother Jan. 26.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner scheduled sentencing for Oct. 27. According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will not recommend a sentence and the defense will agree to no more than 18 months incarceration, said Bouchelle's lawyer, Carroll L. McCabe.

The defendant, who is disabled, admitted stabbing his brother, Alvin C. Bouchelle, in a dispute that began when Alvin Bouchelle became belligerent, complaining that his brother's music was too loud.

Glen Burnie man pleads guilty in severe beating

A former Annapolis Senior High School student pleaded guilty yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to beating a classmate so severely that he spent almost a month in a coma.

Brian Carlos Plattenburg, 18, of Glen Burnie pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the March 1999 beating of Melvin "Bird" Holland of Annapolis, after both were suspended from school for setting off a bottle rocket. Each thought the other had turned him in to school officials, said the prosecutor, Assistant State's Attorney Frederick M. Paone.

Paone said that at the Nov. 9 sentencing by Judge Joseph P. Manck, he will ask for 18 months' incarceration .

Paone said Holland, an Anne Arundel Community College student, has undergone rigorous therapy. Plattenburg, who has a juvenile record, originally was charged with first-degree assault, but Paone said he accepted the plea to the lesser charge because of problems proving the more serious assault.

Volunteer firefighters plan community day

The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association will hold a community day tomorrow in the wind-up of its annual convention.

A parade of volunteers, fire engines and trucks will begin at 8 a.m. at Priest Bridge Drive and Route 450 in Crofton.

Contests, which will begin about 10 a.m. at Crofton Country Club, off Crofton Parkway, include a "Battle of the Bucket" tug of war among firefighters and pulling a fire engine 30 feet with a rope.

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