Mark Edward Farabaugh, 43, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Dec. 17 in the death of Keith Williams, 52.
“I feel so bad,” he said at his sentencing. “I’m sorry. I really am in bad shape about this.”
A person is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Pennsylvania when as a direct result of acting in a reckless or grossly negligent manner that person causes the death of another person.
“Mr. Farabaugh expressed his remorse for his actions,” defense attorney Michael Kuhn of Somerset said Friday.
Attorney William Seger of Somerset also represented Farabaugh. He asked President Judge John M. Cascio to consider the time Farabaugh has been in jail awaiting a resolution of the case. Cascio did and credited Farabaugh with 169 days.
According to court documents, a fight occurred March 24 in the prison between Farabaugh and Williams, both housed in the medical section of the prison. Williams died two days later. During an autopsy, a skull fracture was found on the left side of Williams’ head. The cause of death was inflicted blunt force trauma to the head. The fracture was consistent with repetitive blows.
Cascio ordered Farabaugh to pay court costs, a supervisory fee and a $500 fine.
“Your actions did contribute to the death of another inmate,” the judge said.
Initially, Farabaugh was charged with criminal homicide — which includes first-, second- and third-degree murder and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter — aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
Both Farabaugh and Williams were in prison as a result of being sentenced in Allegheny County. Farabaugh was sentenced in 2009 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. Williams was arrested for rape.