Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Death of Football Player

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A Michigan jury has convicted a 19-year-old man of manslaughter in the beating death of a college football player.

Eric Freeman of the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming was convicted
Friday in the January 2008 death of 21-year-old Jonathan Krystiniak
of Grandville.

Krystiniak was a defensive lineman at Ottawa University in
Ottawa, Kan.

Five people were charged in the case. Freeman was the only one
who went to trial.

The other four defendants accepted plea deals, including former
small college quarterback Casey Therriault of Wyoming, Mich. He was
sentenced in January to six months in jail after pleading guilty to
involuntary manslaughter.

Therriault quit school after playing the 2007 season at the
College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.