A Waldorf man accused of beating to death a Port Tobacco man after an evening at the Good Times Bar south of La Plata last year was convicted of second-degree murder last week after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Kevin D. Kiley, 25, of Waldorf entered an Alford plea, in which he did not admit guilt to the second-degree murder charge but acknowledged that the state had evidence sufficient for a conviction in the Nov. 14 death of James Robert Aughinbaugh.
Kiley was to be the second of three people tried in the case. His original charges included first-degree murder, but the plea agreement reduced that to second degree.
Last month, Briana D. Washington, 25, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the case. Police said Kiley, Washington and a third person, Richard L. Eckloff, kicked and beat Aughinbaugh outside the bar until he died. During Washington's trial, prosecutors said Kiley struck the first blow, punching Aughinbaugh in the face and knocking him to the ground before the others joined in.
Kiley's Alford plea also included a count of carrying a handgun in a separate incident. Kiley agreed to pay $40,273 in restitution to Aughinbaugh's family. He is to be sentenced Dec. 19. Eckloff's trial is scheduled for Dec. 5.
-- JOSHUA PARTLOW