Skinhead is given 7 years for beating Mays Chapel boy

April 01, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

A Baltimore County judge sentenced a contrite "skinhead" Wednesday to a seven-year prison term for his role in the vicious attack on a Mays Chapel teen-ager.

Christopher Jacobs, a 22-year-old drifter, pleaded guilty in January to assault with intent to disable in the Oct. 17 gang attack on the teen-ager. Jacobs agreed to testify against the other attackers, all identified as skinheads, members of a white supremacist movement.

"In this country, you have the right to think anything you want to think, no matter how stupid, no matter how silly, no matter how offensive," Circuit Judge Dana M. Levitz said. "But we don't have the right to then take those harmful and hateful thoughts into action that results in injury to other people."

Prosecutor Robert A. Brocato said Jacobs and the victim, Michael L. Stuckey, 15, of Ballyhean Court, belonged to rival white organizations. Mr. Stuckey's group, called S.O.R. or "Sick of Racism," advocated racial harmony.

Jacobs, a North Carolina native who came to Maryland from Ohio, set up a meeting with the Stuckey boy Oct. 17 on the pretext of discussing differences, Mr. Brocato said. Instead, Jacobs led him into an ambush on Killadoon Court near West Padonia Road in Timonium. Eight other teen-agers attacked him.

Young Stuckey was severely beaten and kicked in the head. He spent 10 days at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Jacobs, who had a normal hairstyle Wednesday, told Judge Levitz, "I'm really sorry about what happened to Mike. . . . All I can do is make sure it don't happen again."

Assistant Public Defender Rodney Warren said in court that he's handled several white-supremacist cases, and Jacobs' background is typical: absent father, abusive stepfather, and trouble in school when he was mainstreamed from special education classes.

"This kind of group appealed to him, to his sense of not having anything, of being out of the mainstream," said Mr. Warren.

Most of the other attackers have been treated as juveniles or have received suspended sentences.

Mr. Brocato said guilty pleas by some of the eight co-defendants came about from Jacobs' agreement to testify against them. However, he emphasized the viciousness of the beating and said Jacobs' role was as "an alpha dog in a pack of wolves."

Jacobs minimized his own involvement, claiming that he "fell under the influence of others," Mr. Brocato said. "This court has to get across that it's not other people who caused his problems, it's Christopher Jacobs who caused his problems."

Judge Levitz said Jacobs had "a history of assaultive behavior . . . arising from his association with these skinhead groups, in New York and Ohio, too."

"He now comes to Maryland [and] is involved in an attack," the judge said.

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