Judge Refuses to Alter Man’s Eight-Year Sentence

April 22, 1988 – Carroll County Times

Excerpt from Carroll County Times

By Peter Khoury
Staff Writer

Saying a Sykesville man “seems to forget” he is serving eight-year prison term because he killed his brother, A Carroll judge has denied a request that the man be transferred to a local jail.

In an opinion signed Thursday, Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. refused to alter the sentence he gave Michael S. Forsyth in January. Forsyth was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and assault for the May 1987 shotgun slaving of William Forsyth during a domestic argument.

Michael Forsyth argued during a court hearing earlier this month that he is “wasting his time” at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, a prison in Hagerstown. The 25-year-old carpenter requested that he be transferred to the Carroll County Detention Center, so that he could take part in alcohol rehabilitation and work release programs there. His attorney argued this would also allow Forsyth to provide his mother with financial support.

End of excerpt

Tells the story of Michael Forsyth, who killed his brother, William, with a shotgun in the family home on Mellor Ave. in Sykesville, and is requesting a move to  different prison facility.

Go here for the full story. See page A2.


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