Man Convicted in D.C. Beating That Left Victim With Brain Damage
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A jury found Tommy Branch, one of the three men accused of robbing and beating T.C. Maslin while he was on his way home from a Nationals game last August, guilty of 10 of the 12 charges against him Wednesday.
Maslin was found unconscious on the front porch of a Capitol Hill row house eight hours after the Aug. 18 attack. The married father of a young child was in a coma for at least six days and underwent multiple brain surgeries. Court papers say he was struck with a BB gun, punched to the ground and robbed of his credit card and cell phone.
Police announced the arrests of Branch of Fort Washington, Md., Michael Moore of Landover, Md., and 17-year-old Sunny Kuti, in September. They were 21, 18, and 17 years old, respectively, at the time of their arrests.
Detectives released surveillance video from an Exxon gas station where Maslin’s credit card was unsuccessfully used just after he was assaulted. An unidentified person who saw the video on television news reports recognized a Hyundai Sonata at the station and told detectives the car belonged to Branch, according to court papers. Police found the same car in a parking lot near Branch’s home.
Branch faces a maximum of more than 100 years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for July 2.
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