Maryland man sentenced for fatally punching bat-wielding man

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who says he was protecting his girlfriend was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing a bat-wielding man.

The Washington Post reports 32-year-old Thomas Hughes was convicted Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in last year’s death of Nicholas Keys.

Charging documents say Keys went after Hughes’ girlfriend with a baseball bat in a parking lot because she dinged a car door. Hughes wrestled, disarmed and punched Keys twice. Keys fell to the ground while Hughes and his girlfriend fled. Keys died three days later in the hospital.

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Sean D. Wallace said Hughes’ action after disarming Keys weren’t self-defense.

Hughes was on parole for his role in a robbery that left one dead. He may face up to 12 more years.

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