Teen-ager gets 5 years for man's death by beating

June 23, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

A teen-ager was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for his role in the bludgeoning death of a man in Patterson Park last summer.

Anthony Fields, 16, is the second Baltimore teen-ager to be sentenced to prison in the slaying of 45-year-old James Charles Turch.

Trial witnesses said Mr. Turch was beaten to death after trying to solicit sexual favors from Fields and co-defendant Terry A. Ostrowski.

Prosecutors said Ostrowski, who was sentenced earlier to seven years in prison, split Mr. Turch's skull with blows from a 4-by-4-inch wooden post, and Fields kicked the victim's face so hard that he left a shoe imprint on it.

The defendants claimed that Mr. Turch, a cook at a Glen Burnie restaurant, attempted to molest Fields. A fight ensued when Ostrowski and another man came to the aid of their friend, said M. Cristina Gutierrez, Fields' attorney.

But prosecutor William McCollum said there was no evidence that Mr. Turch provoked the beating. Lynn Turch, a cousin of the victim, said allegations that Mr. Turch had propositioned the boys in the park were lies to confuse jurors.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Fields yesterday to 10 years in prison, with five suspended, for manslaughter.

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