A Baltimore Circuit Court judge today sentenced three defendants in the June 1991 attack on Pedro Lugo, who was severely beaten with a baseball bat in Patterson Park.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe, called the attack a "horrendous, horrible crime, utterly senseless, committed with the friendly weapon of a baseball bat."
Keith Robinson, 16, of Baltimore, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 25 years suspended. He pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
Two other defendants, James Holley, 16, and Andre Flythe, 19, both of Baltimore, were sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended. Both had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder.
Judge Bothe said the attackers had beaten Mr. Lugo, a 24-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic, "into a piece of pulp" just to impress each other.
All three defendants acknowledged today that they were trying to impress each other. The teen-agers had pleaded guilty last month.
Speaking to the judge, Robinson said, "I'm sorry for what happened to the family. I made a mistake. I was trying to impress."
Mr. Lugo was attack as he was walking to the park with his baseball bat.
Prosecutor Jack Lesser told the judge that Mr. Lugo "was simply walking down the street looking for a baseball game to play in."
He said the Mr. Lugo was totally innocent and didn't even try to fight back.
He also called it "one of the worst crimes I've seen committed" in his 12 1/2 years.
Mr. Lugo, who was in court today, sobbed throughout the sentencing hearing, as did several members of his family.
Bernarda Lugo, Mr. Lugo's sister, 18, told the judge her brother "got changed a lot" by the attack.
"He used to like all sports, baseball, basketball and tennis, and now if you ask him what he ate for breakfast, he won't be able to remember."