Ex-Ky. soldier sentenced in homeless man's beating

October 12, 2011 - 1:00 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former soldier from Kentucky has been sentenced to five years in the beating of a homeless man sleeping under an Ohio bridge.

Former Army Pvt. Riley Feller was sentenced Wednesday. He had pleaded no contest to felonious assault.

Twenty-five-year-old Feller and three other men were charged in the April 2010 attack on 52-year-old John Johnson in Cincinnati. Johnson was hit with a baseball bat and pipe and suffered facial fractures.

Authorities say the four were drinking and one suggested they "kick somebody's butt."

Feller was based at Fort Knox. Two ex-soldiers from North Carolina were sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault. A southwest Ohio man who pleaded no contest to felonious assault will be sentenced Oct. 28.

Feller's attorney didn't immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.