SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for the death of his longtime friend in a fight outside an Ocean City bar.
The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that a judge gave 49-year-old George Nottingham the maximum sentence for manslaughter on Wednesday.
It was Nottingham's second trial on a manslaughter charge in the death of 39-year-old Mike Post of Ocean City. A trial last year ended in a hung jury.
Post died in January 2013. According to testimony, the two longtime friends argued in a bar after Post stole Nottingham's cellphone as a prank. Outside the bar, Nottingham took a swing at Post, who slipped on an icy patch of sidewalk, hit his head and died.
Nottingham apologized in court for his actions.
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