Ex-Ky. soldier sentenced in homeless man's beating

AP News
Posted: Oct 12, 2011 6:23 PM
Ex-Ky. soldier sentenced in homeless man's beating

An ex-soldier from Kentucky has been sentenced to five years in the beating of a homeless man sleeping under an Ohio bridge.

Former Army Pvt. Riley Feller was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded no contest to felonious assault.

Twenty-five-year-old Feller and three other men were charged in the April 2010 attack on 52-year-old John Johnson in Cincinnati. Johnson was hit with a baseball bat and pipe and suffered facial fractures.

Authorities say the four were drinking and one suggested they "kick somebody's butt."

Feller was based at Fort Knox.

Two ex-soldiers from North Carolina received 90-day sentences Tuesday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Feller's attorney says he had sought a similar sentence but doesn't know if Feller will appeal.

The fourth man is to be sentenced Oct. 28 for felonious assault.