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Winnfield resident pleads guilty in West Virginia manslaughter

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WHEELING, W. Va. (KNOE 8 News) - A Winnfield resident changed his plea on Thursday in a West Virginia manslaughter case.

Kevin Figaniak was killed in an altercation involving Garrett Chandler in September of 2013.

Chandler was sentenced on Friday in the case after agreeing to testify against the other defendant currently in jail.

After an emotional two hours in court, Garrett Chandler was sentenced to the maximum penalty, one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Chandler said he was sorry to the victim's family, who appeared via video from a Philadelphia-area courtroom.

Kevin's brother and sister, as well as his parents each read their impact statements that were given to the judge previously. Much of the time, they struggled through tears, and anger.

Kevin's parents, and brother and sister said their family has been torn apart by his death. Chandler apologized to them before they read their statements.

Chandler listened to the statements from Kevin's family with his head down, but he only cried once Thursday, when his own mother talked about his grandfather who recently passed away.

Chandler will get credit for time served... he has been in jail since September 1st. He will also have to testify in the April trial of his co-defendant, Tyler Peacock, who is charged with murder.

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