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Man Pleads No Contest in Fatal Beating Outside Belmont Bar

Joseph Kaufman now faces a 14-year prison sentence, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Joseph Patrick Kaufman Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
Joseph Patrick Kaufman Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
By Bay City News Service: 

A San Carlos man accused of beating a man to death outside of a Belmont bar last year has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, prosecutors said Friday.

Joseph Kaufman, 24, entered the plea in a Redwood City courtroom on Thursday in connection with the fatal beating of 48-year-old Barney Hanepen outside of the Lariat Tavern at 1428 El Camino Real around 2:15 a.m. on April 29, 2013.

He faces a 14-year prison sentence, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said the two had been separately drinking at the bar and after closing hours, they began arguing outside of the business over Hanepen's female friend.

The dispute turned violent and Kaufman punched the victim in the face, knocked him to the ground and repeatedly kicked him in the head, according to prosecutors.

Hanepen was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries three days later.

Police arrested Kaufman the same day and took him to county jail in Redwood City.

Kaufman's sentencing is scheduled for May 23.


Dave April 26, 2014 at 12:44 AM
Barney was a good guy but this kid should not have to do a 14 year sentence. They were both drinking and it's very sad that this happened. RIP barney and as for you Joseph, pray to god every day and ask him to forgive you and matter who's fault and be a better person then you are now when you get out.
T April 29, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Yes let's condone violence when alcohol is involved. He killed someone's son. How would you feel if it was your son?

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