WARREN - Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice wasn't buying the whole story Jarred Watson was telling him Thursday about the death of George Myers, the father of Watson's ex-girlfriend.
After the 28-year-old Watson told the judge Myers was constantly drinking too much and often fought with everyone in the household, the defendant also suggested it was a case of self-defense that got out of hand when the two fought May 19 outside the Dickey Avenue N.W. home they shared.
''I'm concerned about the severity here. It seems way more than self-defense,'' Rice told Watson before sentencing him to 10 years on a charge of involuntary manslaughter that Watson pleaded guilty to in September.
Jarred Watson, right, appears with his attorney, John Fowler on Thursday during Watson’s sentencing for killing George Myers. Photo by Christopher Bobby
Rice pointed out that Myers, 57, suffered eight broken ribs on the right side of his torso and severe damage to his liver and spleen when police said he was stomped to death as the two men fought.
Originally charged with murder, Watson was allowed to plead to the lesser manslaughter charge.
Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said Myers died after the beating from multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. Police said it appeared he was beaten to death with a blunt object and may have been stomped to death.
Watson had been held in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
Myers' daughter Cassie, who lived with Watson, told the judge on Thursday that her boyfriend, with whom she has children, should serve some jail time, but mostly he needed help since both men drank.
Nancy Carnahan, Myers' ex-wife, said Watson never respected his elders at all and had no remorse over Myers' death. She said she wished police would have arrested Watson previously on domestic violence charges since the two fought earlier.
''Every bone in his face was broken,'' she said.
And one of Myers' granddaughters, Breana Myers, broke down in tears thinking of Myers missing her graduation.