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Wausau man convicted in 2015 beating death of drinking buddy

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -

A 42-year-old Wausau man accused in the beating death of a drinking buddy nearly three years ago has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jerry Schnabl pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree reckless homicide as a repeat criminal in the June 26, 2015, death of George Diver, according to online Marathon County court records.

Schnabl is to be sentenced May 29.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges in an unrelated misdemeanor case as part of the plea deal, court records said.

According to police, Diver and Schnabl got into a fight during a night of drinking at a Wausau apartment Diver shared with his 33-year-old fiancee. Diver went to bed and was found dead early the next day.

As the two men socialized, Diver accused Schnabl of inappropriately touching his fiancee and threw a punch at him, police said.

Schnabl told investigators he was defending himself during the fight, and he threw multiple punches, including one that knocked Diver off a stool, causing him to strike his head on the kitchen floor, the criminal complaint said. Schnabl also said he kicked Diver numerous times.

According to police, Diver had been recently freed from jail for assaulting his fiancee and Schnabel had helped Diver and his fiancee run some errands the day of the fight.

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