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TWO SISTERS SENTENCED TO JAIL IN KING BEATING DEATH

Two Olean sisters convicted of assault in the 1994 beating death of Kevin King have been sentenced to Cattaraugus County Jail.

Judge Larry M. Himelein meted out the sentences Monday in Cattaraugus County Court based on recommendations from King's family. Each of the women pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

King, 28, of Olean was punched and kicked to death during a fight in a parking lot outside an Olean coffee shop on Oct. 23, 1994. The Haggerty sisters were among 10 people indicted by a grand jury in 1995 on charges ranging from second-degree murder to assault. All but one of the defendants pleaded guilty to some charge in connection with King's death.

Kerrie Haggerty, 24, was sentenced to a year in jail. She made a tearful request to the judge not to send her to jail as she will leave behind a 2-year-old child whose father, Brian Mooney, was previously sentenced to jail for his part in King's death.

Her attorney asked the court for probation.

Sandra Sue Haggerty, 28, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation and did not speak before the court.

Himelein said the sentences differed because of recommendations from King's family.

"One of them was less involved," the judge said of the sisters.

"But what continues to baffle me is what I perceive to be a lack of responsibility on anyone's part," Himelein said, reiterating a statement made during other sentencings in the case.

As must others previously sentenced, each woman will also have to pay $930 restitution, which will go to the King family for expenses.

The only defendant charged in King's death who opted for a trial was John Reynolds. He was convicted of second-degree manslaughter. His sentencing has been postponed twice.

Motions by his attorneys to have his conviction dismissed because of alleged juror misconduct will be presented before Himelein Jan. 20.

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