SNOW HILL — It took about 90 minutes for a Worcester County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday to return a guilty manslaughter verdict for a Sparrows Point man who threw a fatal punch that claimed the life of another Baltimore County man in Ocean City in May.
After a day-and-a-half trial, the Worcester County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday found Darren Beattie, 22, of Sparrows Point, Md., guilty of manslaughter for his role in the death of Ryan M. Shupert, 31, of Lutherville, Md., on May 29 in Ocean City. In another case of a fight gone terribly wrong, which has become all too familiar in Ocean City in recent years, Beattie and Shupert along with groups of their friends were first involved in a verbal altercation that turned into a deadly physical altercation, and Beattie threw the single punch to Shupert’s head that caused him to fall hard to the ground and ultimately claimed his life.
On Tuesday, the jury deliberated for about an hour-and-a-half before returning a guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge and the lesser charges against him and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Beattie now faces up to 10 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction. He is being held in custody pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing has not yet been scheduled.