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Man gets prison term in Tucson walking stick death

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man has been sentenced to 131/2 years in prison in a beating death involving a walking stick.

Pima County prosecutors say 59-year-old Ray Segala originally was charged with first-degree murder in the case, but was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter in November.

Segala was accused of killing 59-year-old James Cowdrey in February 2011 after the victim made inappropriate comments about Segala's girlfriend.

The Arizona Daily Star says Segala's lawyer asked the judge to impose the minimum seven-year sentence.

She claims Segala ran out of his psychiatric medicine before the fatal beating incident and also suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Prosecutors asked for an aggravated sentence because Segala was on federal probation on a bribery charge at the time.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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