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A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison in the 2014 death of a homeless man in Lake Worth

Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley gave Edgar Stanhope credit for the 954 days he’s spent in the Palm Beach County Jail in handing down the sentence Tuesday.

A jury on Aug. 23 found Stanhope guilty of manslaughter. Investigators said Stanhope punched 53-year-old Donald Fisk on Oct. 13, 2014, on Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth. Fisk was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was declared brain-dead the following day.

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Assistant State Attorney Lauren Godden asked the judge to sentence Stanhope to 15 years, the maximum under state law. She said the death of Fisk was a continuation of Stanhope’s pattern of violence over the years, documented by several battery convictions and other arrests. Godden told Kelley that Fisk’s sister was too emotional to speak with the court but that she “wanted to see justice” for her brother. 

Assistant Public Defender Jaclyn Isaacs said her client had a violent upbringing and that his actions reflected the way he was taught to react to conflict. She said Stanhope was friends with “Donnie” and never meant for him to die.

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Stanhope’s sister, Susan, could not appear in court but instead spoke to those in the courtroom via telephone. She said she was sorry for what he’s done and that his traumatic childhood and alcohol abuse were factors in what happened.

Stanhope also spoke before the court and said he had been homeless on and off for 15 years and attributed that to alcoholism. He said he’s making strides to help himself and completed “Another Way,” a substance-abuse program offered in the jails. 



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