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$1.5M lawsuit filed over Lawrence beer bottle death

Associated Press - March 28, 2015 5:17 pm

The father of an Iraq war veteran who died after he was struck over the head with a beer bottle is seeking $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 13 in the case filed by Joseph Sardina. He blames 23-year-old Justin Gonzalez and Whitney Beck of negligence in the killing of Nicholas Sardina. The 27-year-old died in February 2012 when a brawl broke out during a house party in Lawrence.

Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Mission man, is free on bond while appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the killing. Gonzalez argues that he was defending himself.

Beck was the host of the party. Beck’s attorney argued in court documents that getting involved in the brawl was “inherently dangerous.”