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