Man pleads to involuntary manslaughter in fatal bar fight


SUMEMRVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- One of the men accused in a fatal 2011 Summerville bar fight pleaded guilty this week to involuntary manslaughter.{}

According to the solicitor's office, Justin Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison with a five-year probation.{}

The Berkeley County Coroner said 35-year-old Richard Edward Duttine, of Summerville, died following an altercation at the Moonshine Saloon in 2011. The coroner said Duttine was taken to a local hospital where he died.

According to Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon, deputies responded to the bar at 216 Myers Road and found Duttine unconscious and on the ground.{}

Another man was also found on the ground.

Two men were arrests have been made in this case: Justin Johnson, 25, of Summerville and Jonathan Powell, 26, of Ladson. Both were charged with voluntary manslaughter.

According to court documents, while Edward was involved in a confrontation with the two suspects, Powell allegedly struck him over the head with a closed fist. Edward then reportedly fell and hit his head on a vehicle and the pavement.

In December, Powell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.