HANNIBAL — A Hannibal man pleaded guilty to the felony charge of first-degree involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday in the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal, following a fight in March that resulted in the death of a Texas man.
Damien X. Fugate appeared before Judge David Mobley on Tuesday, Nov. 19 for a plea or trial setting hearing. Fugate entered the plea of guilty for the charge and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation, with a suspended execution of a ten-year prison sentence. Online court records list Aryn Goempel as the defense attorney for Fugate, but Goempel filed a request for withdrawal and substitute substitution of counsel on Nov. 7. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Luke Bryant represented the state.
The suspended execution of the prison sentence means if Fugate does not meet the conditions set by an officer with the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, he could serve the ten-year term with the Department of Corrections.
Hannibal police officers reported they responded to Hardee's at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, March 24 for a reported assault. Witnesses told officers Gregory Stanley, 43, of Vidor, Texas, was verbally abusive to employees and patrons of the business. A fight subsequently broke out between Stanley and employee Fugate, 33, of Hannibal.
Surveillance video shows Fugate striking Stanley, including two times after Stanley fell to the floor, Hannibal police reported. Stanley was transported to Blessing Hospital for treatment where he later died from his injuries.