- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges that include involuntary manslaughter after police said he pushed a man to the ground and kicked him during an argument.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Robby Vincent Smith, 38, pleaded guilty in Forsyth County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Judge David Hall sentenced Smith to serve a minimum of one year and six months to a maximum of two years and seven months in prison. He had no previous criminal record.

Smith’s attorneys said he never imagined that the man he was arguing with would later die. But Daniel Bruce Souther, 69, died nearly two months later.

Authorities said the men got into an argument at a motel in March 2019. Souther died the following month.

An autopsy found that Souther had various medical issues, including a heart condition and Parkinson’s disease. But authorities said a head injury Souther received in March contributed to his death.

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