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Man gets prison for 2018 beating that led to coma

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 2/11/20

A Londonderry Township man was sentenced from 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison Feb. 6 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault in the May 2018 beating of a man.

The beating by Keith Wayne Straining …

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Man gets prison for 2018 beating that led to coma

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A Londonderry Township man was sentenced from 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison Feb. 6 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault in the May 2018 beating of a man.

The beating by Keith Wayne Straining Jr., 21, of the first block of Lark Street, led to the victim being placed in a medically induced coma, according to arrest papers.

Five months later the victim, Clayton E. Dennis Jr., 21, of Middletown, died from injuries after he was hit by a tractor-trailer while riding his bicycle.

State Police early in the morning of May 28, 2018, responded to reports of a bloodied Dennis found lying on the road in the first block of Lark Street.

Also charged with the beating along with Straining was Austin Michael Fisher, 25, of the first block of Misty Lane. The Dauphin County District Attorney’s office said it did not have sufficient evidence to prosecute Fisher.

Straining had also been charged with simple assault and harassment, but those charges were withdrawn on Feb. 6.