A DJ at an Ohio bar will serve four years in prison for the fatal beating of a man who had complained that the music was too loud.
Robert Jarvis, of Akron, was sentenced Wednesday in Summit County common pleas Court for the death of Forrest Ryan, 43, North Canton. At the sentencing, Judge Todd McKenney, said Jarvis was not going to kill Ryan in the bar fight.
Jarvis’ lawyer, Mike Callahan, called the fight an “aberration” and said that he would seek early prison release for Jarvis after six months.
Megan Frantz Oldham, a lawyer for Ryan’s family, said the family is disappointed with the sentence and the plans for the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Prosecutors say the two men got into an argument Jan. 8 about the volume of the music that Jarvis was playing at the Zodiac bar in Akron. They say surveillance video shows Jarvis later searched Ryan in another part of the bar and punched him three times in the head.
Assistant prosecutor Greg Peacock said the argument seemed to be, casual, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
“It would not have been his intention to kill, but he did it deliberately cause harm,” Peacock said.
Jarvis, 65, was a teacher for three decades, including 10 as a special education teacher in Medina County. He pleaded guilty in a plea deal last month of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and faced up to 11 years in prison.
Ryan’s family wanted Jarvis to the maximum prison term. Samantha Ryan said in a letter that her father was her best friend and you will miss milestones in her life, including teaching her to drive away and leave her to the altar on her wedding day.
“Everything changed, because of how that man killed my daddy,” she said.