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Florida teen sentenced in homeless beating death
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BARTOW, Florida (AP) -- A 19-year-old was sentenced to four years in a youthful offender facility for the beating death of a homeless man.

Christopher Decatur faced up to 15 years in prison for the death of 52-year-old Joseph Ruba during a fight outside a Lakeland restaurant earlier this year. Circuit Judge Beth Harlan also sentenced the teen Monday to two years of house arrest when he's released.

Decatur originally faced second-degree murder charges. Prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty last month to the lesser charges of manslaughter.

Two other teens accused in the attack still face second-degree murder charges.

 

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