SANTA ANA, Calif.Aug 28 2010—A Long Beach man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the killing of a security guard during a burglary at a church construction site in Orange County.
Prosecutors say 29-year-old Sean Christopher Hodge pleaded guilty Friday to a felony count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 51-year-old Michael Garry.
Prosecutors say Hodge and co-defendant David Zimmer broke into a storage facility at a church construction site in Cypress in September 2007 intending to steal welding equipment. Hodge struck up a conversation with Garry, who suffered from high-functioning autism, as Zimmer hit Garry from behind with his fist and a blunt object. Garry died the next day at a hospital.
Zimmer is serving life in prison without parole.