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Manslaughter conviction affirmed in fight over Canton parking place

A man who killed an off-duty Baltimore police officer during a fight over a Canton parking space was properly convicted of involuntary manslaughter, the Court of Special Appeals held Monday. Sian James, 26 at the time of his April 2011 trial, said he acted in self-defense when he threw a piece of concrete at Officer Brian Stevenson’s head on Oct. 16, 2010.

On appeal, James argued the evidence was insufficient to convict him and that the jury instruction was faulty. The appellate court said James hadn’t preserved either challenge for appeal, and that even if he had, “we conclude that there was no error.” James had been charged with first- and second-degree murder, but the jury acquitted him of those charges. He was sentenced in July 2011 to 10 years in prison, the maximum for involuntary manslaughter.