Cockeysville teens get 18 months in jail for assaulting 2 men

July 07, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

Two Cockeysville teen-agers drew 18-month jail terms yesterday for attempted murder in a baseball bat attack last year on a Cub Hill man and a neighbor who came to the victim's aid.

Kirk J. Tilton, 17, of the 20400 block of Barretts Delight Drive a Dulaney High School student at the time, and Christopher B. Maxwell, 18, of the 200 block of Lord Byron Lane, who had been expelled from Loch Raven High School, were tried as adults in April.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Barbara Kerr Howe found them guilty of first-degree attempted murder of Bernard G. Banaszkiewicz, 52, and his neighbor, George John Burton, 42, of the 2900 block of North Wind Road. A third teen-ager was acquitted.

Maxwell and Tilton were waiting outside the Banaszkiewicz home about 2:30 a.m. June 25, 1993, after a dispute with Mr. Banaszkiewicz's son, said Assistant State's Attorney A. Dean Stocksdale. When Maxwell hit the family car with a baseball bat, the father confronted them.

Tilton hit him with a bat and Maxwell kicked him as he was on the ground, resulting in a fractured skull, a partly severed ear and a broken finger. When Mr. Burton saw his neighbor being attacked and came to help, Tilton hit him in the back of the head with the bat. The injury required six stitches.

Tilton and Maxwell had juvenile records and alcohol problems, according to the presentence report. Both apologized before sentencing.

Judge Howe imposed 13-year sentences on Tilton and Maxwell, suspending all but 18 months at the Baltimore County Detention Center. She ordered them to pay about $12,000 in restitution to the victims and to get treatment for alcoholism. She also told Maxwell to earn his high-school equivalency diploma.

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