The summer of 2016 kicked off with news of a fight in Ocean City that left a Baltimore County man dead.
Ocean City Police said 31-year-old Ryan M. Shupert of Lutherville-Timonium and a friend got into a brawl with four other men over Memorial Day weekend. Shupert lost his life two days later and his death was ruled a homicide.
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News of the incident traveled as families and students packed up for summer break at the beach.
Six months later, a Sparrows Point man was convicted in Shupert’s death. Darren M. Beattie, 21, was convicted of manslaughter and assault and faced a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.