1 Brother Convicted in Maryland Neighborhood Watch Beating Case

Second brother cleared on all charges

By SARAH BRUMFIELD
|  Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 4:25 PM EDT
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1 Convicted in Md. Neighborhood Watch Beating

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A judge has convicted one brother of two charges and cleared the other in the beating of a black teenager while volunteering for their Jewish neighborhood's watch program.

Eliyahu Werdesheim was found guilty Thursday of false imprisonment and second-degree assault. He was cleared of a charge of wearing or carrying a dangerous or deadly weapon with intent to injure.

His brother, Avi, was cleared on all the same charges. They faced up to 13 years in prison if convicted of all three.

Prosecutors said the brothers attacked the teen in 2010, hitting him with a radio and holding him on the ground. Eliyahu Werdesheim testified that he acted in self-defense when the teen attacked him with a nail-studded plank. The judge rejected his claim of self-defense.

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