- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former security guard has been sentenced after being convicted in a fatal altercation with a customer at a Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center pharmacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1MP0jnm) a Richmond Circuit Court judge sentenced 68-year-old George Brown Jr. on Friday to 10 years with eight suspended on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 64-year-old Butch Whitaker. Brown was found guilty in January.

Prosecutors said a surveillance video shows Brown grabbed Whitaker, hurling him to the ground Aug. 7. Whitaker had been waiting to have a prescription filled and was attempting to bypass a line. He hit his head and died two days later.

Brown was employed by LEW & Associates during the time.

He was released on bond, pending an appeal of the sentence.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com


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