Man convicted in fatal beating gets 6 years in prison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A man convicted in a fatal beating in Dane County has been sentenced to six years in prison for holding the victim down while another defendant repeatedly punched him.

Drew Luber earlier pleaded guilty to felony murder in the October death of 24-year-old Dalton Ziegler in the town of Dane. The beating happened after Ziegler's girlfriend told Luber and Jacob Johnson that Ziegler had abused her. Instead, she was upset over another woman being in Ziegler's bedroom.

The State Journal reports Dane County Circuit Judge Susan Crawford acknowledged that Luber was less culpable in Ziegler's death than Johnson, but she agreed with prosecutors that without Luber holding Ziegler down, it's likely Ziegler would have been able to defend himself.

Johnson was sentenced last week to seven years in prison.

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