City teen pleads guilty in fatal beating

He gets 12 years in prison in killing of man, 52

July 09, 2004|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore teenager pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder in the beating death of a 52-year-old man he mistakenly thought was a snitch, prosecutors said.

Renard Mackin of the 1500 block of N. Stricker St. was 15 years old in April last year when he fatally punched and kicked Benjamin Lewis, Assistant State's Attorney Janet S. Hankin said.

Mackin was sentenced to 12 years in prison, in accordance with a plea agreement. He was charged as an adult.

Prosecutors said Mackin thought it was Lewis' fault that Mackin's cousin was arrested for selling drugs.

Lewis had bought drugs from Mackin's cousin, prosecutors said.

Judge John M. Glynn handed Mackin a 30-year sentence with all but 12 years suspended.

Lewis was beaten as he walked in the 1700 block of Westwood Ave. in West Baltimore. Mackin and other teenagers began chasing Lewis, Hankin said.

Only Mackin attacked Lewis, punching and kicking him in the head and torso, Hankin said. After the beating, Lewis walked two blocks to his home and called for medical assistance. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center about an hour later.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by blunt force trauma.

Lewis, who had methadone in his system at the time of his death, suffered four broken ribs and a lacerated spleen.

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