Chase McGowan pleads guilty to manslaughter in Ray Dautartas' death

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    Chase McGowan pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of Ray Dautartas.
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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of running over a bouncer in the parking lot of a Hot Springs club has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

    Chase McGowan entered the plea Tuesday. The Sentinel-Record reports that McGowan was sentenced to 10 years on the manslaughter charge and six years on the leaving the scene charge. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

    Attorneys say McGowan accepted the plea deal in exchange for prosecutors not seeking a stiffer sentence for violating his probation.

    McGowan was charged in the August 2011 death of 49-year-old Ray Dautartas. Authorities say Dautartas was run over twice while working as a bouncer at Smyley's Crab Shack.

    Authorities say Dautartas was trying to break up a fight when he was run over.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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