Man sentenced for fatal fight at Oakridge campground

Man sentenced for fatal fight at Oakridge campground

EUGENE, Ore. -- EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oakridge man was sentenced to over 6 years in prison on Friday for killing his friend during a drunken fight at their campsite.

 Aaron Earl Curry, 33 of Oakridge, was camping with his former roommate, 46-year-old Alan Platt near the Hills Creek Reservoir in early May. The men were drinking and got into a fight. During the scuffle Curry hit Platt in the head with a piece of firewood, which proved to be a fatal blow.

The defendant, Aaron Earl Curry, said he was trying to end the fight, but the prosecution said he used more force than necessary to defend himself.

Curry was charged with manslaughter but agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge, criminally negligent homicide.