- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to jail time on an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the beating death of a man outside a western Pennsylvania bar on St. Patrick’s Day last year.

Otilio Cosme, 45, of Ford City was sentenced Thursday in Armstrong County Court to 18 months to three years in the county jail, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Cosme was one of four men charged in the March 2013 death of 39-year-old James Sullivan of Chicora in Kittanning. Dennis Rosenberger, 28, was sentenced last month to three to six years in prison on aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter convictions. Keith Brison, 34, and Anthony Bove, 20, are scheduled for trial next month on criminal homicide and aggravated assault charges.

Defense attorney Anthony Urti argued that Cosme’s sentence was excessive and based more on guidelines for the more serious charge of aggravated assault. He asked for a delay in sentencing to allow an appeal to Superior Court.

Judge James Panchik, however, denied the request, saying that although the charge was a misdemeanor, the victim was unconscious at the time of the fatal blow.

“The killing of this victim was extreme. An unconscious victim was beaten to death,” he said.

Cosme lowered his head as relatives of the victim told the court about the impact of their loss.

“This is really hard,” the victim’s mother, Rose Sullivan, said tearfully. “I had five daughters and only one son, and he was taken from me.”

She told the judge that her other children don’t even want to come to her house anymore because everything there reminds them of him.

“I got rid of his dog because he kept bringing me things belonging to Jimmy - I just couldn’t take it anymore,” she said. “These people don’t know what they took from me.”

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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