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4 men get jail in pro surfer's beating death

September 06, 2008|Tony Perry

Four men who pleaded guilty in the May 2007 beating death of 24-year-old professional surfer Emery Kauanui Jr. of La Jolla were sentenced Friday to terms ranging from three months to nearly a year in jail.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge John Einhorn sentenced Eric House and Matthew Yankee, both 21, to 210 days and Orlando Osuna, 23, to 349 days; the three had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the fatal brawl.

Henri Hendricks, 22, was sentenced to 90 days; he pleaded guilty to being an accessory.

A fifth defendant, Seth Cravens, 22, is set for trial in October. All five were La Jolla High School graduates and belonged to a group called the Bird Rock Bandits.

Prosecutors had sought to have the five treated as gang members, but Einhorn rejected that designation.

Kauanui died three days after a barroom argument ended in a street brawl.

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