Man convicted for bonfire beating sentenced to 5 years

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man convicted of felony battery for beating another man to death at a bonfire party last year was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

A jury convicted Christopher Scott Hoffman of felony battery Thursday in lieu of manslaughter charges, State Attorney's Office spokesperson Jackie Barnard said.

Hoffman, 26, hit Ryan Scott Ford several times in the head while Ford lay on the ground during a fight at a bonfire in Mandarin in January 2013, police said. Ford, 19, was taken to the hospital, but later died.

Ford had already been decked by another partygoer, 24-year-old Robert Lloyd Cline, when Hoffman stepped in and started hitting him, according to an arrest report.


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