2 Men Convicted Of Lesser Charges In Beating Death

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Two men were convicted of lesser charges and another was acquitted in the beating death of a man during a parking lot dispute.

A Stark County Common Pleas jury found Canton residents Terence Jacocks, 26, and Jason Maske, 28, guilty of involuntary manslaughter for their role in the April 4 brawl.

They face up to 10 years in prison.

Donta Mustin, 25, of Akron was found innocent of murder in the death of 33-year-old Woodrow Washington of Dover.

If the three defendants had been convicted of murder, they each could have received 15 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Washington died from being stomped while on the ground outside The Pub in Jackson Township.

The fight apparently started after a friend of the defendants' asked a friend of Washington's to move his car.

Chryssa Hartnett, an assistant county prosecutor, said the victim's blood was found on shoes that Jacocks and Maske wore, but prosecutors lacked comparable evidence against Mustin, she said.

The involuntary manslaughter convictions mean that jurors believed Jacocks and Maske caused serious physical harm to Washington after he provoked them, Hartnett said.

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