Man held in savage Belmont bar beating sentenced to 14 years in prison 

A San Carlos man who beat another man so badly outside a Belmont bar last year that the victim later died from his injuries was sentenced Friday to 14 years in state prison and thousands of dollars in restitution to the victim's family, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Tuesday.

Joseph Patrick Kaufman, 23, and the 48-year-old victim, Barney Hanepen, were drinking separately at the Lariat Tavern on El Camino Real on April 29, 2013, when after the bar closed, the two men got involved in an argument in the parking lot over a female friend of Hanepen, Wagstaffe said. The argument then turned violent.

Kaufman punched Hanepen in the face and repeatedly kicked him in the head and chest until he was bloody and unconscious.

Hanepen suffered broken vertebrae, eye fractures, broken teeth and bleeding in the brain. He died from the injuries on May 2, 2013, Wagstaffe said.

Kaufman pleaded no contest on April 24 to charges of voluntary manslaughter with special allegations and felony assaults on condition of serving 14 years in prison, Wagstaffe said. He was denied probation and given credit for 448 days served.

He is to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the victim's family and the county's victims' compensation fund, Wagstaffe said.

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