JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man accused of beating another man to death at a bonfire last year dodged a manslaughter charge Thursday, authorities said.
Instead, a jury convicted Christopher Scott Hoffman of felony battery, 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.
Cline, who faces a battery charge, is expected to appear in court on Sept. 8.
A sentencing hearing for Hoffman is set for Sept. 24, according to court documents.