A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Berkeley County court to involuntary manslaughter in the August 2011 death of another man killed during a bar fight outside the Moonshine Saloon.
A judge sentenced Justin Johnson, of Summerville, to a five-year term that was suspended to three years active prison time, according to Bryan Alfaro, 9th Circuit deputy solicitor. Johnson also will serve five years of probation upon his release, Alfaro said.
Ninth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Colleen Taylor prosecuted the case, Alfaro said.
Johnson and co-defendant Jonathan Powell, of Ladson, were initially charged with voluntary manslaughter. They both pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and received the same sentence, court records show.
The charges were handed down in connection with the death of 35-year-old Edward Duttine, of Summerville.
On Aug. 6, 2011, Duttine got into a scuffle with Johnson and Powell at the Moonshine Saloon, 216 Myers Road, Berkeley County sheriff's deputies reported.
Authorities determined that Duttine threw the first punch, toward Johnson.
Powell then ran toward the altercation and threw a single punch at Duttine, who fell to the ground, authorities said. He died a short time later at a hospital.
Duttine's mother and the mother of his children addressed the court Wednesday before Johnson was sentenced, Alfaro said. Johnson's family members spoke on his behalf.
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