Teen is responsible in baseball bat death

The Baltimore Sun

A Glen Burnie teen was found responsible yesterday in the death of a 49-year-old man who died after being struck on the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

Christian J. Schellenschlager Jr., 16, was found the juvenile court's equivalent of guilty of voluntary manslaughter. He avoided a similar finding on more serious charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of Brian Michael Myers in April.

Prosecutors had attempted to have him tried as an adult.

The teenager did not admit responsibility, but he agreed to a statement of facts read yesterday morning by prosecutors in the Anne Arundel County courtroom of Circuit Judge J. Michael Wachs.

According to court testimony, Schellenschlager, who was a sophomore at Glen Burnie High School, and other boys were horsing around with a wheelchair when Myers confronted them and threw a beer bottle. The teenager got the bat from his house and struck the man once on the head. Myers fell into a coma and died two weeks later.

During hearings to determine whether the teenager should be tried as an adult, counselors and school employees testified that he came from a troubled home but did not have a serious juvenile record. Myers was described as an alcoholic who had been arrested numerous times.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 17. The teenager could be confined to a juvenile facility until his 21st birthday.

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