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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Thomas Hughes Gets Eight Years in Prison for Manslaughter

Victim Dies as a Result of a Fist Fight in Shopping Center Parking Lot

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Thomas Hughes, 32, of Greenbelt, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspending all but eight, for manslaughter and second degree assault for causing the death of a man after a fist fight, announced State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy.

On June 4, 2018, Bowie police officers responded to a reported assault in a shopping center parking lot, where they found Nicholas Keys, 21, of Bowie, lying on the ground. Keys was transported to a hospital and underwent emergency surgery for his injuries.

The investigation and trial revealed that Keys confronted Hughes’ girlfriend for hitting his car door with hers. After an argument ensued, Hughes hit Keys twice with his fist, knocking him to the ground. On June 8, 2018, Keys was taken off life support and died as a result of his injuries.

After a two-day trial, the jury returned the guilty verdict in five and a half hours.

“I am pleased that we are able to bring closure to this case for Mr. Nicholas Keys’ family. This was an unfortunate case in which a man lost his life at a very young age over a minor dispute,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy. “There are so many other ways to resolve conflict and if an individual resorts to unnecessary violence, we will hold them accountable.”


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