SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four of five young men originally charged with
murdering a professional surfer have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in San Diego.
Three defendants pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor battery. A fourth defendant pleaded guilty to a felony charge of being an accessory.
The men had faced up to life in prison if convicted of murder in the beating death of 24-year-old Hawaiian surfer Emery Kauanui (KOW'-ah-noo-ee) outside his mother's home in the affluent La Jolla neighborhood last year.
The beating followed a fight at a nearby bar.
Remaining defendant Seth Cravens re-entered a not-guilty plea at
Friday's hearing after his attorney rejected a plea offer from prosecutors.
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