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Va. man sentenced to 8 years in wine bottle death

Tuesday - 10/8/2013, 4:28am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A 24-year-old man will spend eight years in prison for killing a rival rapper at a Virginia Beach nightclub by hitting him with a wine bottle.

A judge on Monday sentenced Lennell Darrell Skeeter in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in June to voluntary manslaughter in the attack on 30-year-old Samuel Dawkins.

Prosecutors said Dawkins died Aug. 25 after Skeeter struck him in the head with a Moscato bottle on the dance floor of Club Royale Blue, which media outlets reported has since been closed by the city.

The Virginian-Pilot reported (http://bit.ly/1fVp8Cv ) that court records didn't list a motive, but witnesses said Skeeter and Dawkins had been rapping back and forth before the assault.

Skeeter received the maximum sentence, 10 years, with two years suspended.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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