RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man who beat his friend to death during a drunken fight in January has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Dowty could be paroled in four years. He pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old Nathaniel Ten Fingers.
Rapid City police officers found Ten Fingers lying outside the back door of an apartment in the early hours of Jan. 26, his face covered in blood. He died at the scene.
Circuit Court Judge Matt Brown said at Wednesday’s sentencing that alcohol added “fuel to the fire” of Dowty’s anger and violence issues. He said the sentence was a “pittance” to what Ten Fingers and his family lost.