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Former Military Man Gets Probation for Fighting Death

Beating victim Michael Gillum. Beating victim Michael Gillum.
Kendall Edmunds in court Tuesday. Kendall Edmunds in court Tuesday.

(KHNL)  A former Pearl Harbor sailor learned his fate for recklessly killing his neighbor during a disagreement that turned into a fight.

Kendall Edmonds was sentenced to 100 days in prison and 10 years probation for the death of Michael Gillum.

Prosecutors were asking for the maximum 20-year-term for the incident that happened in August 2004. That's when Gillum confronted Edmonds about the loud noise coming from Edmonds' apartment.

On that night, Edmonds struck Gillum and Gillum fell to the ground. Edmonds hit him four to five more times. According to the autopsy report, Gillum died from bleeding in the brain.

Edmonds' family and friends were in the court to hear Gillum's sentence.

"There isn't a day that goes by that the image of you beating my brother isn't in my mind," said Gillum's sister, Patrice Collins.

"I miss him very much, my life has changed dramatically," said Gillum's friend Roy Anoba.

Edmonds will get credit for 54 days he already spent in jail, which means he will serve 46 more days in prison.

"I take my responsibility as it comes and I'm sorry for the family for what they had to go through," said Edmonds.

William Bento, Edmonds' attorney, says his client never planned to kill Gillum.

Bento said Edmonds he tried to walk away from the situation but became angry after Gillum used a racial slur against him.

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