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Teen sentenced for ‘09 fatal beating

A teenager involved in the fatal beating of a Spokane man in November 2009 was sentenced recently to five months in jail.

Justin A. Summa, 18, also will be on probation for a year after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.  He had been charged with second-degree murder for the beating death for Kent S. Moses.

A second suspect, Nicholas X. Parrish, 19, is in jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Police say Parrish and Summa were drunk when they attacked Moses, 60, in an alley behind Moses' home near Bridge Avenue and Nettleton Street on Nov. 29, 2009. Moses later died at hospital. A shoe print on his face helped identify the suspects.

Summa’s girlfriend told detectives that Parrish was the assailant and Summa had tried to stop him. She also said Parrish had returned to the alley to rifle through Moses’ pockets and beat him again, which led to the premeditation allegation against him, according to court documents.

Summa served five days in jail before posting bond in December 2009. He returned to finish his five-month sentence on Feb. 2 after pleading guilty before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen.

Prosecutors offered the second-degree assault plea deal on the fourth day of an evidence hearing. Parrish's trial is set to begin May 9.


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