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Wis. man gets 7 yrs for conviction for fatal punch


KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Racine man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a jury convicted him of throwing a punch that led to a man's death.


The judge on Monday also sentenced 21-year-old Martin L. Walker to five years of extended supervision.

Walker apologized in court, saying no family should have to endure what the victim's family is going through.

A jury convicted Walker of felony murder in the death of 24-year-old Colin Byars one year and one day ago. Prosecutors say Walker punched the Kenosha middle-school teacher in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head.

Walker's attorney argued that Byars provoked the fight, and Walker only punched in self-defense.

Online court records say Walker gets credit for the year he has already served behind bars.

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