An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge sentenced a California-Kirkbride man to minimum of 30 months in prison in the killing of a man in a fight in September 2011 and his son to 24 months minimum.
Judge Jeffrey A. Manning found Bryan Keith Osborne guilty of involuntary manslaughter in May for the stabbing death of Michael Weismantle. Judge Manning found Mr. Osborne's son, Alex Osborne, guilty of simple assault.
With 22 months time already served the elder Osborne could be freed in eight months and his son in two months.
Mr. Weismantle and five other people went to the Osborne home just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2011, where two young women started to fight. The fight widened and Bryan Osborne was found guilty of stabbing Mr. Weismantle three times, with the final blow going through his left chest.
Lawyers for the Osbornes argued they were acting in self-defense and noted the elder Osborne had called police to notify them of the fight. Only after Mr. Weismantle threw a 40-ounce beer battle at Alex Osborne did the fatal fight start.
Mialeah Weismantle, the victim's sister, testified at the April trial that the younger Osborne then went into his house and returned with the meat cleaver. With Bryan Osborne holding Mr. Weismantle's arms back, the witness said, Alex Osborne attacked the 27-year-old man with the weapon.
Officers who first responded to the Kirkbride Street brawl thought the Osbornes were the victims.
"I went outside to stop this, and this [guilty verdict] is the thanks I get," Bryan Osborne told the judge Monday. "Not only was I victimized by these people coming to my home, now I am again being victimized in this court."
After the sentencing, the attorney for Bryan Osborne, Patrick Thomassey, called the judge's 30- to 60-month sentence "somewhat high" but was happy he could be released as early as next year.
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