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California Briefing / West Hollywood

No-contest pleas entered in slaying

February 14, 2009|Ann M. Simmons

Two men who fatally stabbed a man outside Barney's Beanery pleaded no contest Friday to voluntary manslaughter, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Justin Michael Acosta, 35, and Damon Gerardo Acevado, 36, who were charged in September, stabbed Michael McClure after an argument broke out inside the restaurant and then continued outside, prosecutors said. McClure later died at a hospital.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox sentenced Acosta to one year in jail and three years' probation.

Acevado is due back in court March 20 for sentencing. If he fails to appear, he faces up to 11 years in state prison. If he returns on the set date, he is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison for involuntary manslaughter.

-- Ann M. Simmons

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, April 24, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 55 words Type of Material: Correction
Stabbing: A California Briefing item in the Feb. 14 California section about two men who fatally stabbed a man outside Barney's Beanery reported that they pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Justin Michael Acosta, 35, pleaded no contest to one count of involuntary manslaughter; and Damon Gerardo Acevado, 36, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.

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