Man Gets 5 Years for Death Following USC Game

3:41 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Curtis Simms

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A judge has sentenced a man to five years in prison for his role in a man's death following a USC football game.

The judge gave 27-year-old Curtis Simms five years, with credit for time served. He'll also have three years of probation.

Earlier in the day, a jury found Simms not guilty of involuntary manslaughter but guilty of breach of peace.

The jury deliberated Monday and Tuesday before reaching their decision.

Prosecutors had said Simms punched Allen Gasque after the 2010 USC win over Alabama and knocked him into the roadway. The car Gasque was riding in then ran him over and killed him.

Prosecutors told the jury that witness testimony put Simms as the aggressor in the altercation, saying a reasonable person would expect bad things to happen in a similar situation.

During the trial, the defense told jurors there were discrepancies in the testimony given by eyewitnesses. They also said there were significant reasonable doubts and that Simms never killed anyone.

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