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Three men sentenced in fatal beating outside Phillies stadium

David Sale
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(CBS) PHILADELPHIA - Three men who pleaded guilty to beating a Phillies fan to death in 2009 have been sentenced to jail time.

CBS Philadelphia reports that the incident occurred outside Citizens Bank Park in 2009 following spilled drinks in a crowded bar and an alcohol-fueled brawl that ended in the parking lot. 22-year-old David Sale was killed in the scuffle.

Each defendant received different sentences, based on culpability. Judge Shelley Robins New sentenced Francis Kirchner to 9-18 years for delivering what could have been the fatal kick to the Sale's head. Charles Bowers received 5-10 and James Groves got 2-4 years.

A mistrial was declared in September, and the following month, all of the three defendants pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

During a day-long hearing in October, more than 35 people gave impact statements of behalf of Sale.

"He had a warm and good spirit and was loved by everyone he touched," said prosecutor Richard Sax.

Each defendant turned to apologize to the family of the victim.

  • Crimesider Staff

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