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Man Sentenced in Philly Traffic Dispute Death Case



    Man Sentenced in Philly Traffic Dispute Death Case
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    Gerard M. Shaffer (L), died after being charged in the road rage beating. His son Gerard (R), is accused of brutally beating a pedestrian over who had the right of way.

    A man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of a pedestrian following a Philadelphia traffic dispute three years ago has been sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in prison.

    Twenty-three-year-old Gerald Shaffer Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in the April 2010 death of 54-year-old Mark Wallace. Prosecutors said he crossed the street in front of a sport utility vehicle driven by Shaffer's father and was thrown to the ground in the ensuing fight with both men.

    Wallace died after 13 days on life support. A portion of his skull was removed to alleviate brain swelling and he also suffered a broken nose and clavicle.

    Wallace's family removed him from life support in April 2010.

    "I'm really gonna miss him and I just home that these people really get what they deserve," Wallace's sister Nancy Kolenkiewicz said at the time.

    Shaffer was convicted in January of the charge but acquitted of third-degree murder and conspiracy. His father, a 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, was also charged charged, but died of a heart attack in 2011..

    Defense attorney James Funt, argued that his client was trying to stop the fight.

    Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim said the defendant “wanted to be a tough guy” like his father.