A Meadville man has been sentenced in the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to the maximum sentence, 30 to 60 months, for involuntary manslaughter for fatally injuring a Crawford County Corrections Officer in 2010. Gregory G. Brown, 25, of Meadville, was given the sentence this morning by Judge Mark Stevens. Brown was convicted in the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 9 of this year of involuntary manslaughter for fatally injuring Corrections Officer Gary Chapin in October 2010. Chapin died in a month later. Brown had faced a maximum of two and one-half to five years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charge. Pennsylvania State Police had charged Brown with third-degree homicide after the Crawford County Coroner’s Office ruled Chapin’s death a homicide. The coroner’s report found Chapin’s death was due to blunt force trauma after an autopsy found Chapin had suffered a skull fracture; bruising on both the right and left sides of his brain; a broken right collar bone; and four fractured ribs on the side and two rear rib fractures as well. State police alleged Chapin had been thrown to the floor by Brown. Brown’s defense team had argued that Brown and Chapin got their legs tangled up as Chapin was attempting to handcuff Brown and that the incident was an accident. A jury of seven men and five women found Brown not guilty of third degree murder, and not guilty of companion charges of aggravated assault and assault by prisoner, but only guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Brown could have faced a maximum of life in prison had he been convicted of third-degree murder. For more details, see Tuesday’s paper.

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