Probation before judgment granted

January 20, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge has agreed to grant probation before judgment to an Annapolis man who has served a one-year term for his actions after the death of a 62-year-old homeless alcoholic who was pushed into a pit and pelted with debris.

The ruling by Judge Robert H. Heller Jr. means police records will not show any criminal convictions for Christian M. Walton, 23, Annapolis, who pleaded guilty in May to being an accessory after the fact in the July 1992 death of Arch Baldwin, a homeless veteran.

The judge also ordered Mr. Walton to serve three years' probation, pay $745 in court costs, perform 520 hours of community service and stay off alcohol for three years, according to court records.

Adam Schlossman and Theodore Reshetiloff, 22-year-old acquaintances of Mr. Walton, were convicted of manslaughter in Mr. Baldwin's death and are serving 18-month sentences.

According to testimony in trials last year for the three men, Mr. Baldwin used to stay in woods behind a house on Jefferson Place in Annapolis that Schlossman shared with some acquaintances.

According to the testimony, Schlossman and Reshetiloff aroused the victim from a drunken stupor one night in July 1992, poured beer on him, urinated on him, knocked him down and, when he tried to stand up, pushed him into a 4-foot-deep gully. When the men checked the next day, they found him dead.

Mr. Walton did not take part in the attack but later helped the two men bury the victim in a shallow grave, where the body was found nine months later after an acquaintance went to the police.

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