John Brownell and his girlfriend, Terra Blanton, will spend time behind bars for their roles in theJanuary death of Thomas Campbell Jr.
Campbell fell down the steps in Brownell's home after the two got into a struggle over a 12-pack of beer, neighbors said. Campbell died the next day.
Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette sentenced Brownell to 18 months in prison and ordered him to pay a $3,000 fine. Brownell, 45, of Castalia agreed to a plea deal in July, pleading guilty to attempted reckless homicide. In exchange, Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter agreed to dismiss a tampering with evidence charge.