Man given five years for beating youth

March 19, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Severn man was sentenced yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to five years in prison for savagely beating a 15-year-old youth last summer in an imitation of a martial arts movie.

Joe N. Rider, 18, of the 1800 block of Montreal Road, admitted that he was one of three attackers who pummeled the boy, leaving him unconscious and partially blinded on Aug. 16.

The youth was in front of his house in the 1700 block of Village Square about 10: 15 p.m., talking to a neighbor when Rider and two acquaintances approached him, said Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III.

The assailants had just watched the 1972 Bruce Lee movie "The Chinese Connection" and were searching the neighborhood for someone upon whom to act out what they saw in the film. Rider knocked down the victim with a blow to the head, Mr. Davis said.

The youth underwent 10 hours of surgery at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for head and eye injuries after he was hit at least three times in the head, said his parents, Gerald and Adanesh Scherer of Millersville.

He has lost most of the vision in his right eye, suffered a crushed cheekbone and crushed eye socket, and has 10 coin-sized metal plates in his head.

Rider pleaded guilty to assault and battery before Judge Raymond G. Thieme on Jan. 23. Judge Thieme ordered Rider to pay the estimated $16,000 in medical expenses not covered by the Scherers' insurance.

The victim, now 16, said the attack still haunts him. "It just doesn't go away. I have nightmares. What do you expect?" he told Judge Thieme in a prepared statement.

Afterward, he said he had mixed feelings about the sentence.

"It's a fair sentence, but it's not enough [prison time] as far as I'm concerned," said the youth, a junior at Old Mill High School.

Charles Randolph, 18, of Severn, was sentenced Feb. 27 to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assault with intent to maim in the attack. Mr. Davis said Randolph struck at least three blows.

A 16-year-old youth, charged as a juvenile in the attack, also has pleaded guilty to assault and battery. He is scheduled to be sentenced in juvenile court April 4.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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