Man, 21, convicted in assault of inmate in jail

December 04, 1997

A former inmate at the Carroll County Detention Center was convicted yesterday of assaulting another inmate so severely that the victim needed surgery for facial and hip fractures.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. set sentencing March 11 for Darnell Brockington, 21, of Eldersburg, who is serving an unrelated jail sentence in Worcester County.

Brockington said he punched Brian M. Hohl of Finksburg once in self-defense May 27, after Hohl called him "boy" and cursed at him.

Hohl said that when Brockington hit him in the face, he fell into a table and broke a hip. He said medical expenses to treat his injuries have cost about $18,000.

Beck said testimony from both men -- no other witnesses were called -- supported Hohl's version that Brockington was the aggressor. Blood in the cellblock near the table showed the victim was standing there when he was struck, not near the cell door where Brockington had said Hohl confronted him.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said state laws governing inmate assault convictions of other inmates or correctional officers state that any sentence must be made consecutive to a sentence being served.

Florida man gets 10 years in assault of ex-girlfriend

A former Carroll County man with no fixed address was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for assaulting his former girlfriend outside a Westminster bar in 1995.

Jerry W. Clegg, 41, was extradited in February from Orlando, Fla., where he had fled after the beating of Tammy L. Stewart of Culpepper, Va., on Aug. 17, 1995

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed a 15-year sentence for assault with intent to maim before suspending all but 10 years and placing Clegg on five years of supervised probation that begins after his release.

Court records show restitution owed for medical expenses involving head, ear and facial injuries caused when Clegg punched, shoved, kicked and stomped Stewart, is about $22,000.

Pub Date: 12/04/97

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