2 ex-soldiers plead in Ohio homeless man's beating

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 3:54 PM
2 ex-soldiers plead in Ohio homeless man's beating

Two former soldiers have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the beating of a homeless man sleeping under a Cincinnati bridge.

Former Army specialists Travis Condor and Matthew MacMurtrie from North Carolina pleaded Tuesday in a Cincinnati courtroom and were sentenced to 90 days each with credit for time served. MacMurtrie's attorney says his client has apologized and tried to make amends to the victim. A message was left for Condor's attorney.

They were charged with two other men in the April 10, 2010, attack on 52-year-old John Johnson. Johnson was hit with a baseball bat and pipe and suffered facial fractures.

The other men pleaded no contest to felonious assault and have not been sentenced. Authorities say the four were drinking and one suggested they go "kick somebody's butt."