WORCESTER CO., Md. – A jury convicted an Ocean City man
yesterday for killing his friend during a fight outside
a bar last January.
George Nottingham, 49, is
now waiting to be sentenced for the death of 40-year-old Michael Post. He is
guilty on a misdemeanor manslaughter charge for reportedly fighting Post outside
the Harbor Inn Bar on January 26th, 2013.
"I just wanted to see him
held accountable for his actions," says Judith Post, Michael Post's mother.
Beau Oglesby, Worcester
County State's Attorney, says this case is unusual because this is only the second
time they have used the charge in at least three years.
"It's a very interesting
charge," says State's Attorney Oglesby. "It means a misdemeanor was committed
by a person and because of that misdemeanor someone ended up dying."
The reason it's a
misdemeanor and not a felony charge is because of how Post died. Family members
say Post and Nottingham were friends. The initial trial last year reportedly
ended with a mistrial because the jury couldn't come to a decision.
"The challenges you
face are dealing with the jury who may feel sympathy for Mr. Nottingham given
the circumstances," says State's Attorney Oglesby. "We never believed that Mr. Nottingham
intended to kill Michael Post but it happened.
For this reason, State's
Attorney Oglesby says they came back stronger for the second trial.
"Our goal was to
make sure that Mr. Nottingham was held accountable for his behavior, our goal
was to make sure that Mr. Post's family receives some sense of justice," says
State's Attorney Oglesby. "The loss is tremendous for them but hopefully we
could give some sort of peace to them by holding Mr. Nottingham accountable."
charges include second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and affray, which
is when both subjects are mutually fighting. Oglesby expects that some of these
offenses are going to merge, but if things are stacked, he could reportedly
face between 25 and 26 years in jail.
"I would be very
surprised if he received the maximum," says State's Attorney Oglesby.
Post's mother says she
does not want Nottingham to receive the maximum either.
"I hope to someday
forgive him, I know he did not kill him intentionally but he still did cause
him to lose his life and I just want him to be held accountable for it," she
It's now up to the judge
to determine Nottingham's fate, and his sentencing should reportedly take place
in the next three months. The judge also ruled that Nottingham's pre-trial conditions will stay
in place while he awaits sentencing, so despite the conviction, he can remain
out in the community, and does not have to report to jail.
47 ABC knocked on
Nottingham's door for a comment, but he closed the door and declined an
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