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A 59-year-old man died after being sucker-punched from behind at a county fair in Maryland.
Arrested were two unnamed teens, ages 15 and 16. The crime occurred in September, 2019. It began when the teens accosted John Marvin Weed, asking him for one dollar.
When Weed refused, he was punched in the head. He died the following day from the injuries.
The teens, who are brothers, were arrested. Their names and images were withheld due to their ages.
The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter and, reports indicated, will not serve jail time. Rather, he was "sentenced" to "be placed in a long-term behavioral modification program."
The 16-year-old who apparently punched the victim before his brother delivered the fatal blow, "will be tried as a juvenile," reports said. He pleaded guilty to assault in July, 2020, reports said.
The attack was video recorded and included one of the attackers spitting on their victim after he had been knocked to the ground.
The crimes occurred at The Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland.
Victim's family responds ►
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Prosecutors say that just after 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, Weed was approached by the two teens and several of their friends while out with his family at the fair. The 15-year-old and another youth asked Weed for a dollar, and Weed told them no. That’s when a verbal altercation ensued, according to the state.
As Weed started to walk away, the teens followed him, prosecutors said, and the 15-year-old punched him in the head, causing Weed to fall.
Witnesses and the 15-year-old said in court April 29 there were no racial slurs used, according to the release.
The state’s attorney previously said that the 16-year-old also punched Weed in the back of the head, then several minutes later, the 15-year-old came back and landed what prosecutors have called a “deadly blow” to Weed, who lost consciousness almost immediately.
Weed was found on the ground near the midway area of the Frederick fairgrounds and was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He never regained consciousness and died a day later.
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