Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Teen pleads guilty
in homeless man's beating death

Nineteen-year-old Christopher Decatur has pleaded guilty to beating a homeless man to death earlier this year.

Decatur and two other teens are accused of fatally injuring Joseph Ruba, 52, during an April 17 fight outside a Lakeland restaurant.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20. The maximum punishment is 15 years in prison. The lowest recommended prison sentence is about 10 years in prison.

Arrest reports state that an exchange of words erupted into a deadly confrontation between Decatur and Ruba.

Read The Ledger report here. And see previous posts here, here and here.


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