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Hannibal man charged in beating death avoids jail time

Hannibal man charged in beating death avoids jail time

1 week, 6 days ago by Scott Hardy

Damien Fugate sentenced to 5 years' probation

A Hannibal man, indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge after allegedly beating a Texas man in late March at a fast-food restaurant and causing his death, has pleaded Guilty and avoided prison time.  

Damien Fugate was in Marion County Circuit Court Tuesday for a trial setting. Court records show that he pleaded Guilty to one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, and was then given a suspended 10-year prison sentence. After that, Fugate was sentenced to five years' probation. Fugate was indicted in April, after being charged in late March in connection with the death of Gregory Stanley. Authorities say Stanley died in Blessing Hospital, three days after the fight, due to serious injuries he suffered March 24th. Prosecutors said the beating happened at the Hardee's restaurant at US 61 and James Road. They alleged that Stanley was verbally abusive to employees and customers before the fight.  

Fugate was alleged to have punched Stanley three times in the head, including twice after he was on the ground.

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