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Braka Matlock's jail terms

Amiria Braka Matlock was booked into jail late Sunday to serve 24 hours on the birthday of Greg Styles, as part of a unique sentence handed down more than six years ago.

Styles died after a confrontation between the two men at a bar in March 2008.

Investigators believe that Matlock was provoked, and Matlock hit Styles, who fell backward and hit his head on a pool table.

Styles died three days later after he was removed from life support at a Kearney hospital.

Matlock was first charged with manslaughter, but the charge was lowered to attempted manslaughter.

Matlock did not contest the lesser charge.

Lincoln County District Judge John Murphy handed down the unique sentence. He ordered Matlock to serve 5 years of probation. As one of the terms of probation, Murphy ordered him to report to jail twice each year – on Styles’ birthday and again in March on the anniversary of his death, to spend 24 hours inside.

Also, Matlock was ordered to pay $500 a month in restitution -- half for a trust fund for Styles’ son, who can access the money when he goes to college or when he turns 21, whichever comes first.

Matlock was also ordered to pay medical expenses stemming from the incident, as well as the funeral costs. And, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Matlock went to the jail to begin serving his 24-hour sentence.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/18/2014
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