Watkins Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter in Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - A Staunton man charged in a Waynesboro death will spend the next five years in prison.
Wednesday, a Waynesboro judge sentenced 54-year-old Andrew Lewis Watkins Jr. to 10 years in prison, but with half of that time suspended.
Watkins had been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June.
Authorities say the crime happened on July 28, 2014 when Watkins hit 52-year-old Joseph Bickers in the head at a home in the 1200 block of Wine Avenue.
Bickers was able to give police a description of his attacker. Medical examiners say Bickers died on August 1, 2014, from blunt force trauma to the head.
Police have said that drinking likely fueled the fight between Watkins and Bickers.
Watkins is due back in court November 9 for violating previous probation orders.