WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The man who used a baseball bat during a brutal assault in Eastern Market last summer was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 25 years in prison.
Tommy Branch, of Fort Washington, Md., was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court to 24 and a half years in prison by Judge Robert I. Richter.
Richter exceeded the sentencing guidelines for Branch, who was found guilty May 1 of conspiracy, aggravated assault and other crimes in the brutal beating last August of Thomas “T.C.” Maslin, who was robbed of his phone and other possessions and struck in the head with a baseball bat while returning to his home on Capitol Hill.
Prosecutors said Branch and two other suspects were looking for somebody who was isolated and alone on the night of Aug. 18, 2012 when they found Maslin walking in Eastern Market on his way home from a Nats game. They said Branch struck Maslin with a baseball bat, and bragged about how he “Barry Bonds-ed” the victim on their way to commit two more robberies and another assault several hours later in Adams Morgan.
Maslin was found unconscious on the front porch of a Capitol Hill row house eight hours after the attack. The married father of a young child was in a coma for at least six days and underwent multiple brain surgeries.
Branch, 22, said Tuesday he’s sorry for the pain he’s caused.
Richter called the crimes “senseless” and “tragic,” adding that Branch displayed a “coldness of heart that all the remorse in the world can’t erase.”
No one from the Maslin family was in court Tuesday. They’re in Nova Scotia as T.C. goes through an intensive speech therapy program.
In a recorded statement played during sentencing, Maslin’s wife described the assault as “senseless and cruel.”
Three other suspects were arrested in connection to Maslin’s beating and the two robberies committed that night. Michael Moore, 19, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to charges for his role in the crimes and is awaiting sentencing. Sunny B. Kuti, 18, of Washington, D.C., and Darrin L. Beal, 25, of Washington, D.C., are awaiting trial. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges.
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