Annapolis motorist sentenced to 10 years for beating flag man at road construction site

December 16, 2001

In an unusual case of road rage, an Annapolis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for severely beating a road construction flag man.

Majestic John Gough III, 34, received the maximum sentence for second-degree assault at a hearing before Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis Thursday.

Gough was in a line of cars at a work site at Bay Ridge and Edgewood roads March 22 when he cut out of the line and was stopped by flag man Kerry Shaw of Baltimore, Assistant State's Attorney Frederick Paone said.

Gough got out of his pickup and punched Shaw, Paone said. After Shaw fell to the ground, Gough repeatedly kicked him in the face, Paone said.

The attack broke Shaw's nose, jaw and eye socket. He also lost several teeth.

Gough, of the 200 block of Victor Parkway, has a history of convictions on battery and assault charges, Paone said.

"It was a nasty case," the prosecutor said. "Nothing makes it understandable or excusable."

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