A 41-year old Jessup man who fatally stabbed his brother during a domestic argument last July was given a three-year suspended sentence yesterday by a Howard County Circuit Court judge.
Johnny Mouzon pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his brother, Joseph Louis Mouzon, as part of a plea agreement with the state. The maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is a 10-year jail sentence.
Circuit Judge James B. Dudley gave Mouzon credit for the 134 dayshe served in the Howard County Detention Center after his arrest. Heplaced Mouzon on probation for one year and ordered him to complete an alcohol counseling program and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
"It is unfortunate that you and the other members of your family will always be saddled with the tragedy that resulted from your behavior," Dudley told Mouzon.
Following the sentencing, Mouzon said,"I don't think I'll ever feel the same, because I lost a brother."
Mouzon was originally charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his brother at their home in the 7400 block of Franklin Drive.
On July 25, 1991, an argument between the two men ended with Mouzon's wounding his brother with a kitchen knife.
CarolHanson, Mouzon's public defender, said that Mouzon was unaware that his brother was hurt until he saw him collapse. Mouzon told a roommate to call an ambulance while he attempted to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, she said.
Joseph Mouzon was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore at 12:33 a.m.
At Mouzon'ssentencing hearing, his parents, a sister, his employer and his family's minister pleaded with Dudley not to send him to jail. They said the killing was an accident and that Mouzon has shown great remorse for his brother's death.
Robert T. Hurte, minister at the CommunityBaptist Church, said he recently baptized Mouzon, who now attends Bible study classes regularly.
"It happened for a reason and that's what I have to live on," said Mouzon's mother, Rose. "That's the onlyhope I have."
Deputy State's Attorney Dwight S. Thompson said hisoffice was comfortable with the disposition of the case because Mouzon's family strongly supported the plea.
"All the members of the family really wanted us to take that plea," he said. "Under the circumstances, I think it's the correct plea."
Mouzon has been living with his family since December and works at AHI General Contractors.