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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.

Associated Press,

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