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Geneva man guilty of manslaughter

A Geneva man on Friday was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of a fellow Geneva man in September 2018, but was acquitted of second-degree murder.

Jeffrey Salone Jr. will be sentenced on the manslaughter charge before Judge Brian Dennis at 3 p.m. May 21. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride said from his perspective, the jury “got it right.” The family of the victim, Jawuan Brumfield, is happy there is justice, MacBride said.

“They held him responsible for his death, and that’s all we asked for,” MacBride said.

Salone’s attorney, Chris Rodeman, said he is not commenting at this time.

MacBride said when the trial opened Tuesday that Brumfield was in the wrong place at the wrong time, when he attempted to “burg’ the place.”

Salone, with the assistance of others, pulled Brumfield into an apartment and beat him to death and staged the scene to look like a botched robbery, MacBride argued.

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