Southern Utah man sentenced to 2 years in jail in tree branch killing


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ST. GEORGE, Utah — A southern Utah man accused of fatally beating an acquaintance with a tree branch has been sentenced to two years in jail.

A judge decided Thursday that 55-year-old John Stucki of LaVerkin will stay another six months at the Purgatory jail in Hurricane, in addition to the year and a half he's already served.

Prosecutors say Stucki hit 64-year-old Donald George Loomer in the back of the head with a large tree branch during a drunken brawl in October 2013.

Lawyer Edward Flint says the victim was a transient Stucki was letting stay at his home when the fight started. He says his client's time in jail has helped him get sober.

The Spectrum of St. George reports ( the Loomer family weren't interested in a prison sentence for Stucki.

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