Guilty verdict in TC Maslin beating case - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Guilty verdict in TC Maslin beating case

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22-year-old Tommy Branch has been found guilty by a jury in the beating case of TC Maslin near Eastern Market last August.

Maslin was beaten and robbed of his cell phone and credit card after midnight on August 18. He was walking home after a night out with friends at a Nationals game.

The attack left the 30-year-old Maslin in a coma for six days and permanent brain damage that required multiple surgeries. He is a father of a two-year-old boy and is married to a D.C. teacher.

Branch, from Fort Washington, Md., was found guilty of ten counts, six of them related to the beating. He will be sentenced July 2.

Branch is one of three people charged in the attack. 19-year-old Michael Moore, of Landover, Md., has already pleaded guilty in the case and testified against Branch in the trial. 18-year-old Sunny Kuti, of Southeast D.C., is awaiting a separate trial.

Statement from TC and Abby Maslin:

We are relieved to hear about today's verdict and are extremely grateful to prosecutor Tom Swanton, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the D.C. police, and all of the community members who helped bring justice to our family's case. It was a collaborative, tireless effort that has been ongoing for over 8 months.

Even though this verdict is what we hoped for, we remain extremely saddened by the devastation that was caused and the lives that were shattered as a result of this senseless act. We pray for peace for all residents of the District and remain focused on the challenging work ahead in TC's recovery. We are touched and humbled by the kindness, compassion, and generosity we have received by so many. Thank you for continuing to keep us in your thoughts.

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