- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The first of a gang of five men who allegedly assaulted a Waldorf newspaper deliveryman last summer received a mixed verdict last week.
A jury found Waldorf resident Derrick Jamar Thompson, 21, not guilty of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder but found him guilty of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit assault, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Thompson also was found guilty of violating his probation from a conviction for a 2010 robbery.
Another man involved in the beating, 20-year-old Gregory Lee Boseman of Waldorf, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree assault and, in a related case, retaliation against a witness, in an amended plea agreement with the state.
Boseman and Thompson were part of a gang of five men who beat a 62-year-old man three times one August evening last year, leaving the man temporarily blind and with injuries he still feels the effects of to this day, according to his testimony in court.
One of the men involved, 23-year-old Andrew Lee Washam of Waldorf will receive a reduced sentence for his involvement in the offense because he has agreed to testify for the state.
Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeremy Widder said Monday during the plea hearing that Boseman and 23-year-old Jerrod Lamont Benson of Lexington Park, who also allegedly took part in the deliveryman’s beating, beat up Washam while all three were incarcerated at the Charles County jail, when they learned that Washam had “snitched” on them.
Benson’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday but has been postponed.
No new date has been set.
A trial for the fifth man allegedly involved, 22-year-old Kenneth Dionel Brawner of White Plains, also is currently pending, according to court records.
Speaking on Tuesday morning in a telephone interview, Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony B. Covington (D) limited his comments to the outcome of Thompson’s trial, as the others are still pending.
“I will say that I think it was a fair verdict,” Covington said.
A sentencing hearing for Washam is set for Dec. 16. Thompson and Boseman are scheduled for sentencing Jan. 29.