Bar Owner, Employees Sentenced in 2015 Christmas Day Beating

The former owner of a Pennsylvania bar and two of his employees have been sentenced to prison for the brutal Christmas Day beating of a man in 2015. 

A judge sentenced Anthony Maglietta, former owner of Molly's Pub in Lancaster, to a maximum of 11 years after being convicted of aggravated assault. Former employees Joshua Ellis and Alexander Rodriguez-Cruz have been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in state prison.

Police say the men were working at the pub on Christmas morning when they beat 30-year-old Shaliek Rivera after an altercation. Police identified the men using the bar's video surveillance.

Prosecutors say Rivera was punched and kicked until he was unconscious.

Two additional defendants are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

The bar has since reopened with new ownership.

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