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Posted: Tuesday, 19 August 2014 8:59PM

Kansas Man Sentenced for Beer Bottle Death



LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  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.
 
Justin Gonzalez, 23, 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 Nicholas Sardina, 27, 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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Kansas Man Sentenced for Beer Bottle Death
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