Forty-five-year-old Abington landlord Larry Reese was originally charged with murder in the death of 54-year-old Louis Malachowsky but pleaded guilty in April to involuntary manslaughter and abuse of corpse. Malachowsky's body was found May 1, 2009, in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Reese said he hit Malachowsky in the head with a heavy electrician's tool after a verbal dispute that became physical. He apologized for his actions Friday, saying his former friend's death "cost me my soul."
Defense attorney Francis Walsh sought a lesser sentence, but Assistant District Attorney Frank Nero cited the dumping of the body in asking for the longer term, and the judge agreed.
Information from: The Intelligencer