Mar 1, 2010 5:28 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
An Ohio teenager who killed a juvenile detention center guard by kneeing him in the chest while wrestling has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Eighteen-year-old Hubert Morgan pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced Monday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility guard William Hesson died last April of a cardiac rhythm disturbance caused by a body blow. A coroner ruled the 39-year-old's death a homicide.
A state report citing witnesses said Hesson and Morgan were engaged in inappropriate contact or horseplay in a laundry room. Morgan was 17 at the time. The report said Hesson had Morgan in a headlock when Morgan kneed him in the chest. Morgan is from Wakeman, a rural community just south of Lake Erie and 45 miles west of Cleveland.