WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Tommy Branch was sentenced to 24 years and six months in prison on Tuesday for the Capitol Hill beating of Thomas "TC" Maslin.
In May, Branch was found guilty to charges of conspiracy, aggravated assault while armed, armed robbery, assault with intent to rob, and attempted credit card fraud stemming from the beating of TC Maslin with a baseball bat that left him nearly beaten to death in Capitol Hill while he was returning home from a Nationals game back in August of 2012.
The 29-year-old father was just seven blocks from his home when he was robbed by three young men. Prosecutors said that Tommy Branch swung an aluminum baseball bat and hit Maslin in the head while one of his buddies threatened him with a BB gun. Maslin suffered a brain injury.
Branch made a statement in court Tuesday stating that he is a "very caring person" and asked for forgiveness of the Maslin family while shedding tears. He also apologized to his own family, which includes his two daughters. He added that his actions were "out of character."
Police arrested three young men just hours later after they committed another robbery in the Adams Morgan area in 2012, officials said.
Authorities later determined the two incidents were linked.
Maslin's wife was not in court Tuesday because TC Maslin is currently undergoing speech therapy. She has been very vocal throughout the case and provided the courtroom a video on Tuesday that showed Maslin's recovery efforts in the hospital and pictures of his damaged skull.