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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Seven years for murder of homeless man.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A Granite City teen faces seven years in prison for his role in the beating death of a homeless man for a can of beer.
Nineteen-year-old Brandon Carol Bouck was sentenced Tuesday in Madison County court.
Bouck and Joseph Lee Raines pleaded guilty earlier this year to fatally beating 48-year-old Thomas Muffler.
Authorities say the teens punched and kicked Muffler last October after he refused to buy them beer. After the beating, the teens stole a 24-ounce can of beer from Muffler.
Muffler suffered broken ribs that penetrated a lung; he later died from pneumonia.
Bouck's attorney John Rekowski says it was a tough case and Bouck accepts the sentence.
Raines is scheduled to be sentenced next week.



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