PHOENIX — A taxi driver convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of
a man in Avondale has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 46-year-old Gary Mayo was sentenced Friday.
A jury found Mayo guilty with an aggravating factor in February.
Mayo, of Peoria, was arrested in August 2011 after witnesses told police they
saw Mayo and another man beating 57-year-old James Fournier.
Fournier was a lead engineering inspector for Peoria.
Witnesses told police a fight broke out after Mayo backed his van out of a
parking spot at an Avondale strip mall and nearly hit the vehicle in which
Fournier was a passenger.
Police decided not to pursue charges against the other man in the case, who was
a passenger in Mayo’s van.