Ga. man sentenced to 6 months in soldier's beating

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 6:13 PM
Ga. man sentenced to 6 months in soldier's beating

A white man accused of beating a black Army Reservist in front of her daughter and yelling racial slurs has been sentenced to six months in prison after negotiating a plea deal.

Troy Dale West could have faced more than 44 years in prison if convicted on three felony charges in the beating of Tasha Hill. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors Friday as part of the deal struck during West's trial.

West testified that he was provoked by Hill when she spit on him September 2009 outside a metro Atlanta Cracker Barrel. Hill has denied spitting on West.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com