David Watson Junior Sentenced For His Role In Fatal Brawl Case
One of two Arizona men accused of being involved in a beating case which resulted in the death of another man, will avoid anymore time behind bars.
David Watson Junior was given a two-to-three year suspended prison sentence with two years of probation after he pleaded no contest to one felony charge of aiding and abetting.
He was also sentenced to 12 days in jail, which has already been served, for pleading no contest to two misdemeanor charges of reckless endangering.
Casper Police say in November 2014, there was a fight at a hotel on the 900 block of West Yellowstone.
Gary Jefferson of New Mexico died of injuries sustained in the brawl, while Kameron Begay went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Witnesses told police that all the men involved had been drinking earlier and someone had made disrespectful comments to another.
Watson and his co-defendant Dwayne Bahe claimed self-defense at the time, and attempted to leave the state.
Before they crossed the state line, they were contacted by investigators and returned to Casper to surrender to authorities.
Prosecutors said testimony from witnesses has changed since the time of the incident, because they were intoxicated at the time, and that can make it difficult to prove more serious charges.
Watson has also been ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to help cover medical expenses.
Bahe has already been sentenced for his role in the case.