CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - The second suspect charged in a 2011 Berkeley County bar fight that resulted in the death of a man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Court records state 28-year-old Justin Johnson was sentenced Wednesday to three years behind bars with five years probation. He was given credit for 30 days served.
Prosecutors said 28-year-old Jonathan Powell threw a single punch that killed 25-year-old Richard Edward Duttine of Summerville outside the Moonshine Saloon in August 2011.
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.
Powell also must serve five years of probation after the prison sentence. Powell and Johnson were both originally charged with voluntary manslaughter.