MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A Cocoa Beach man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a guest over a card game.
A Brevard County judge sentenced 72-year-old Richard Fortner on Monday. A jury found him guilty in September of manslaughter involving a weapon or firearm, aggravated battery upon a person 65 or older, battery on a person 65 or older and another misdemeanor charge of battery.
Witnesses testified that Fortner objected to Marion Christopher Kachnik helping another guest during an October 2008 card game. An argument followed, and Fortner ended up shooting Kachnik in the head with a .38-caliber revolver.