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Victim's friends: Punishment too light in Jackson killing

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man who admitted to taking part in a fatal attack on another man outside a Jackson restaurant will spend less than 10 years in prison and was ordered to take five years of anger management classes.

Friends of the victim, 52-year-old Eric Hambrick, say they are appalled at the sentence.

The Clarion-Ledger reports ( ) 21-year-old Arkel Coleman pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The attack took place in May 2015 outside a Waffle House near downtown.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green sentenced Coleman to 10 years in prison, with credit for time served. The district attorney dropped a strong-arm robbery charge.

Another man is charged in the case but has not gone to trial.

Greg Flynn, one of Hambrick's colleagues at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, calls Coleman's sentence "a travesty."

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