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Bouncer who killed off-duty Arizona firefighter sentenced to 10 years

May 4, 2018, 12:35 PM | Updated: 12:36 pm
(Daisy Mountain Fire Dept. Photos)...
(Daisy Mountain Fire Dept. Photos)
(Daisy Mountain Fire Dept. Photos)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix strip club bouncer involved in an altercation that left one man dead has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced 28-year-old Brandon Douglas Draper for the 2017 death of off-duty Daisy Mountain Fire Department firefighter Luke Jones.

Draper had pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder.

Jones, 37, died Jan. 22 after a fight at Centerfolds Cabaret near 19th and Peoria avenues.

He was a 12-year veteran and was married with one child.

Police said surveillance video of an altercation outside the strip club showed Draper pushing Jones to the ground and striking him numerous times on the head and the club’s manager disconnecting the video.

It was unknown what led up to the incident, but at the end of it, Jones was hospitalized. He died the following day.

Co-defendant Timothy John Piegari has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Jones’ widow, Heather Jones, has demanded a new state law that would require bouncers to receive special training.

She said she wants to see the state Legislature create Luke’s Law, which would require training and licensing for all bouncers hired in Arizona. There are no laws or regulations on bouncer hiring.

The Daisy Mountain Fire Department serves areas just north of Phoenix, including Anthem and New River.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bouncer who killed off-duty Arizona firefighter sentenced to 10 years