2010-10-14 / Local & State

Pa. Man Apologizes For Beating Death Over $25 Debt

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man has apologized for beating his lifelong friend to death over a $25 debt payment, saying the two often fought but always made up the next day. Twenty-six-year-old Tommy Daniel Williams of Uniontown pleaded guilty earlier this month to third-degree murder, robbery and theft in the October 2008 beating death of 41-year-old Barry Strosnider.

Fayette County Judge John Wagner Jr. imposed a 12- to 24-year prison sentence on Friday. Williams’ plea deal originally called for a 10- to 20-year sentence, but prosecutors modified the offer after the victim’s family objected to the shorter sentence.

Police said Williams beat the victim after he refused to repay $25 of a $300 loan. Authorities said the victim had a blood alcohol content more than four times the legal limit for driving, and the suspect’s was three times the limit.

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