Football star gets 18 months for attack

November 15, 1995|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,SUN STAFF

A former Oakland Mills High School football star was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in jail for hitting a football player from a rival school over the head with a beer bottle during a fight in March.

Bradley Aaron Matulevich, 18, of the 7300 block of Mossy Brink Court in Columbia, was convicted of assault with intent to maim after a Howard Circuit Court trial in June. Matulevich was one of four Oakland Mills students charged in the March 10 fight in the school's parking lot that hospitalized Shawn A. Sherman, 19, of Elkridge for nearly a month.

The attack stemmed from hostility that arose after Mr. Sherman -- a Howard High School graduate -- stopped a fight between students from Oakland Mills and Howard High in February.

Judge Dennis Sweeney said he hoped Matulevich's sentence would deter other youths from playing "macho games." "Doing things like this has adult consequences," he said.

Judge Sweeney sentenced Matulevich to four years in prison, but suspended all but 18 months. He ordered Matulevich to complete five years' probation, seek counseling and pay restitution for Mr. Sherman's medical bills.

Matulevich, a freshman and football player at Bowie State University, sat with his head bowed at the hearing -- a startling contrast to the self-confident man who would call to defense witnesses to take out their chewing gum before testifying at his trial.

His attorney, Fred H. Silverstein of Ellicott City, told Judge Sweeney that Matulevich has become so withdrawn since his conviction that he at one time was suicidal.

Matulevich, who was free on bail pending his sentencing, did not speak at yesterday's hearing, but provided a written statement for Mr. Silverstein to read. In the statement, Matulevich asked for the opportunity to continue college and prove he never will hurt anyone again.

"I would like to say how sorry I am that Shawn Sherman has been hurt," Matulevich stated.

Deputy State's Attorney Les Gross argued for a stiff sentence, noting that Mr. Sherman's injuries will prevent him indefinitely from attending college and prevent him from ever playing football.

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