Kansas man sentenced for beer bottle death

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man who hit an Iraq war veteran on the head with a beer bottle will go to prison for the man’s death.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports 23-year-old Justin Gonzalez, of Mission, was sentenced Tuesday to two years and eight months behind bars.

A Douglas County jury convicted Gonzalez in June of involuntary manslaughter for the death of 27-year-old Nicholas Sardina, of Lawrence.

Gonzalez testified he struck Sardina on the head with the bottle after Sardina punched one of his friends at a Lawrence party in February 2012. Prosecutors said Gonzalez used excessive force.

Sardina, originally from Clarence, New York, was a sergeant in the Kansas National Guard and had served three tours in Iraq. He had also taken classes at the University of Kansas.

 

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