March 11, 2014
A 19-year-old candy thief who threw a bottle of salsa, killing a pursuer, has been sentenced in Lancaster to 11 years in prison.
Investigators say 51-year-old Charles Hairston was collecting donations for the homeless on July 14th, 2006, when he tried to stop Joseph Peterson for stealing M&Ms and Twizzlers from a 99 Cents Only store.
Peterson then threw a bottle of salsa that hit Hairston in the head and the man died three weeks later of a brain injury.
Peterson pleaded no contest Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter in a deal for dismissal of a murder charge. Peterson was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Defense lawyer Tyson Beers says there was no intent to kill.