Three men get 10 years each in teen's death

July 02, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Three men were each sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for a crime captured on videotape -- the death of a 16-year-old Lothian youth who was stripped, hog-tied, bound to a tree and left to die after he passed out during a night of heavy drinking.

Daniel L. Corridean, 20, of Lothian, Ryan G. Massey, 21, of Upper Marlboro and Brian M. Wagaman, 19, of Chesapeake Beach told an emotionally charged Anne Arundel Circuit courtroom that they never intended to hurt the victim, Dennis S. Roche, after he left their party about 3: 30 a.m. Aug. 13 to pass out on a front lawn of a home in Lyons Creek Mobile Estates in Lothian.

Wagaman, who also pleaded guilty to second-degree sex offense for prodding the victim with a brush handle, was so overcome with emotion that he could barely be heard as he tearfully pleaded for leniency at the close of the three-hour hearing.

"If I could give up my life for his, I would," Wagaman said through tears.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme agreed that as individuals the defendants -- a day-care worker, a construction worker and an apprentice plumber -- probably never would have committed such acts.

But the judge found it most disturbing that they videotaped the assault and viewed the tape for amusement while the youth was still tied up and passed out in the back yard. Such behavior probably was prompted by the same kind of mass psychology that gave rise to the death camps in Nazi Germany, he said.

The three pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel Circuit Court April 31 to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors said the Roche youth was tied up with a jump rope, kicked, sprayed in the face with a garden hose, stripped naked, spat and urinated on and prodded after passing out on a lawn. He was found dead the next afternoon.

Pub Date: 7/02/96

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