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15-year-old boy pleads guilty to manslaughter in deadly attack at Great Frederick Fair

Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 20:43:24-04

FREDERICK, Md. — A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a deadly assault last year at the Great Frederick Fair.

The attack ultimately killed John Marvin Weed of Mount Airy.

The County Circuit Court determined that the teen remain in the juvenile system after the state had asked for him to be tried as an adult.

According to a release, the victim was enjoying a family night at the fair when we was approached by the 15-year-old and a couple friends.

The teen and another minor asked Weed for money. Weed said 'no,' but they kept pursuing him, despite family members begging them to leave him alone.

The 15-year-old admitted that he hit Weed twice as he walked away, then his brother got involved and hit him twice.

When Weed was facing the suspect's 16-year-old brother, the 15-year-old came running from a distance and punched Weed with so much force, the photos indicate he had lost consciousness almost immediately.

Weed never regained consciousness and died of his injuries the next day at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

The release also notes that "the facts as detailed in the Courtroom on Wednesday indicated that not one witness who was present with the respondent, nor Mr. Weed’s family, nor the teen himself, said that this was a race-related incident. All of the individuals were interviewed by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Detectives and never accused Mr. Weed of using any racial slur."