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Brody given maximum sentence in Put-in-Bay killing

Jessica Cuffman • May 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO A Bowling Green man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for beating another man and leaving him to die in the woods on South Bass Island last year.

Zach Brody, 27, appeared for his sentencing in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday afternoon.

His parents and the parents of the victim, Phil Masterson, 25, of Westlake, made statements to the court about how the Sept. 5 death has affected both their families.

The two got into a fight during a weekend at Put-in-Bay which resulted in Masterson losing consciousness. Brody dragged Masterson's body into the woods, took his wallet and identification and left him there to die.

Brody agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two tampering with evidence charges.

In exchange, a slew of other charges were dismissed.

On Wednesday, Judge Bruce Winters sentenced Brody to 16 years in prison, the maximum time he could receive.

For details on Wednesday's hearing, including statements from the families, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

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