Reported by Kacie Whaley
A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for throwing scolding hot water on his roommate after believing the victim ate all his sausages.
The incident occurred on April 11, 2013 at a halfway house. When 39-year-old Donte Frye mistakenly concluded that his roommate ate the remainder of his breakfast sausages, he wanted revenge. So Frye lured his roomie out of his bedroom and up some basement stairs. Once at the top, Frye threw boiling salt water in the unsuspecting man’s face. Frye’s roommate then fell down the stairs and hit his head on the door at the bottom.
The victim suffered second-degree burns and spent months healing disfigured parts of his face and neck.
Frye was convicted of the violent crime in June. He was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, Baltimore Sun reported.
Frye’s lawyer, Stephen Beatty, argued that prosecutors over-exaggerated the seriousness of the injuries his client caused the victim, and called the man’s wounds “functionally and cosmetically insignificant.” He added that both his client and the injured man were to blame for the fight.
Frye seemed to view the damage he caused as insignificant as well. Assistant State’s Attorney Katie Dorian played recorded messages for the presiding judge in which Frye is heard saying “the dude wasn’t even bleeding” and that scolding hot water “ain’t an actual weapon.” He also reportedly spoke proudly about stabbing a past roommate. Dorian concluded that Frye had no remorse for what he had done.
Frye was sentenced to 25 years without parole. He had been convicted in the past of two attempted murder charges from stabbing former roommates, one in 1993 and another in 2004, WBAL-TV reported. He served eight years in prison for the later conviction. He has also racked up numerous firearm and drug-related charges.
Frye’s attorney plans to appeal.