Arundel man convicted in assault on Ravens' McCrary at nightclub

September 11, 2002|By Stephanie Hanes | Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF

The Glen Burnie man who the Ravens' Michael McCrary said attacked him in a downtown nightclub last winter was convicted of assault in District Court yesterday, ending what the football player called an upsetting process that disgraced his name, family and charity.

Junior C. Fortney, 36, was sentenced to 18 months' probation and 50 hours of community service.

"It's all about power and money, isn't it?" Fortney said outside the courtroom, with his arm around his teary-eyed wife, whom he said he was protecting when he got into a fight with McCrary, 32, on Feb. 10.

Defense lawyer Stephen R. Tully said he was not sure whether Fortney would appeal.

After the judge's verdict, McCrary spoke in court, saying that because his name was linked to the melee his reputation had been damaged, though he was the victim.

"I'm very upset about this," he said. "This has been a black eye on my name, on my foundation." McCrary founded Mac's Miracle Fund, a charity serving urban youth.

McCrary stated in court that everything he testified to was "absolutely true," though Assistant State's Attorney Katharine A. Potter used some facts presented by the defense - which contradicted McCrary's account of the night - in her closing argument yesterday.

Fortney testified that he was at a private party at the Redwood Trust nightclub on Calvert and Redwood streets when McCrary came into the roped-off section and tried to dance with his then-fiancee, now wife.

Fortney and McCrary said in court that McCrary walked away when Vickie M. Fortney, 37, asked him to do so.

But Junior Fortney, who is 190 pounds, said that a few minutes later, the 260-pound McCrary walked back into the private party and grabbed his fiancee's arm. Fortney said he then put his hand on McCrary's arm and told him to leave his fiancee alone. He said McCrary swore and swung his arm back at his face. Fortney said he ducked and then punched McCrary.

McCrary testified earlier that Fortney had attacked him without provocation and that he did not swing his arm toward Fortney.

However, in her closing argument, Potter used part of Fortney's account, saying that McCrary's motion had been a natural reaction to get rid of Fortney's hand.

She contended that Fortney's self-defense claim was invalid, since he touched McCrary first.

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