A Hampstead man, one of three arrested in the severe beating of an off-duty Sykesville police officer last summer, was sentenced yesterday to nine months in the county jail.
Clinton E. Shamer, 23, of the 2600 block of Hoffman Mill Road was found guilty in Carroll Circuit Court on Dec. 26 after entering a not-guilty plea to the first-degree assault of Officer Shawn Kilgore and the second-degree assault of Kelli Dickerson, a friend of the policeman.
The attack occurred at 1: 38 a.m. July 25 outside Taco Bell in the 600 block of Baltimore Blvd. It started when Shamer, who acknowledged he had been drinking, and his friends had words with Kilgore and his friends.
The officer was sucker-punched outside as he tried to leave, and Dickerson was thrown against a wall, witnesses said.
Kilgore was treated for facial injuries. He had said that he identified himself as a police officer before he was punched.
Shamer apologized to Kilgore, and defense attorney Edward Ulsch provided Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. with evidence that his client sought help for an alcohol problem and "has done everything he needs to do to turn himself around."
Ulsch noted Shamer's clean record and requested home detention in lieu of a jail sentence.
Prosecutor Brian DeLeonardo argued for an 18-month jail sentence, saying the severity of the attack warranted Shamer's being punished for his act.
Beck described the incident as "an act of brutality, the likes of which are not often seen in Carroll County." He called the assailants cowards for fleeing "like a bunch of swaggering cowboys."
"I have to consider a deterrent factor for people like you," Beck told Shamer, before imposing five-year sentences for the two assaults and suspending all but nine months of the concurrent terms.
Upon his release, Shamer will be on five years' probation, must submit to alcohol counseling and random testing, and make restitution of $190 for Kilgore's torn clothing. One co-defendant is awaiting sentencing, and the other is awaiting trial, court records showed.