Man gets 3 years in Berkeley bar fight death
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:26:06 GMT —
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A Ladson man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a man killed in a Berkeley County bar fight two years ago.
Prosecutors said 28-year-old Jonathan Powell threw a single punch that killed 25-year-rold Richard Edward Duttine of Summerville outside the Moonshine Saloon in August 2011.
Powell also must serve five years of probation after the prison sentence. He originally was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Johnson of Summerville is awaiting trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge.
Prosecutor Bryan Alfaro said evidence indicates that Duttine threw the first punch, targeting Johnson. Alfaro said Powell jumped from a car to help his friend and punched Duttine, who fell to the ground.