Homeless man gets 30 years


June 03, 2008|By STEVEN STANEK

A homeless man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison, with all but 30 years suspended, for fatally beating another homeless man near an Anne Arundel County shelter and robbing him of money a relative had lent him.

Allan Jake Clark, a 23-year-old with a history of drug problems, was convicted of savagely beating Michael Walter Evans Sr., 54, for taking his bed at the homeless shelter in Glen Burnie. Clarke then took $500 that Evans borrowed from his brother and spent it on powder and rock cocaine in what prosecutor Mark Tyler called a "drug joy ride."

A jury found Clark guilty of first-degree murder in March. In pronouncing sentence, Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. noted Clark's "very unfortunate childhood."

Evans' body was found April 5 last year on an air-conditioning unit on Crain Highway, a block from the Arundel House of Hope's Resource and Day Center.

Four days after the body was found, prosecutors said, Clark saw Evans' picture on a police flier and admitted to another homeless man, John Logue, that he had gotten into a fight with Evans, repeatedly struck him, then stole money from his wallet.

Tyler, the prosecutor, said that Evans had 15 broken ribs, a lacerated left kidney and hemorrhaging in his head.

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