Man gets prison term in Tucson walking stick death - New York News

Man gets prison term in Tucson walking stick death

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson man has been sentenced to 13½ years in prison in a beating death involving a walking stick.

Pima County prosecutors say 59-year-old Ray Segala originally was charged with first-degree murder in the case, but was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter in November.

Segala was accused of killing 59-year-old James Cowdrey in February 2011 after the victim made inappropriate comments about Segala's girlfriend.

The Arizona Daily Star (http://bit.ly/UPIOIS) says Segala's lawyer asked the judge to impose the minimum 7-year sentence.

She claims Segala ran out of his psychiatric medicine before the fatal beating incident and also suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Prosecutors asked for an aggravated sentence because Segala was on federal probation on a bribery charge at the time.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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