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Beating death draws 6 years of prison time


Steven Lemler, 28, was sentenced Monday to six years in prison on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns sentenced Lemler to eight years in prison, but ordered two years suspended and to be served on probation.

Last month, Lemler admitted killing Kirk Lecount, 42, on July 17, pleading guilty to the single charge.

According to court documents, Lemler and Lecount were drinking with a group of people in the backyard of another house on High Street when Lemler became irritated with Lecount, believing he had disrespected a woman in the group.

Lemler punched Lecount in the face, knocking him out.

After another person picked up Lecount and put him in a recliner, Lemler punched him two or three more times in the face and threw a red cooler at his head, according to court documents.

After that, two other men took Lecount down the street to his own home and left him in his yard, alive but “out of it,” according to court documents.

Early the next morning, paramedics were called to Lecount’s home after a neighbor reported the man lying face down in the yard. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy found the cause of death to be blunt-force trauma to the head.

When police interviewed Lemler, he acknowledged drinking with Lecount but denied attacking him, according to court documents.

As part of his sentence, Lemler must successfully complete violence abatement classes and substance abuse treatment.