Man's prison time cut in homeless beatings

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man's prison sentence has been reduced from life to 40 years in the 2006 fatal beating of a homeless man and attacks on two others.

A Broward County judge issued the new sentence Thursday for 23-year-old Thomas Daugherty, who was 17 at the time of the attacks.

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The decision follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying that young offenders cannot be automatically sentenced to life behind bars.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that prosecutors had originally asked for the 40-year sentence.

Two other men are serving prison time in the attacks, one of which killed 45-year-old Norris Gaynor as he slept on a park bench. The other two victims survived.

One attack was captured on surveillance video that was widely seen around the country.

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