George Kenny and Charlie Manasseri were both found guilty in February for their roles in the death of Brian Fudge. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod)

One of two men found guilty in the New Year's Eve 2005 beating death of Brian Fudge at an Ottawa pool hall has been sentenced to 24 months less a day in prison.

George Kenny, 26, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon at an Ottawa courtroom.

Fudge's father Derek was at the court. He said it was "an empty feeling" to hear the sentence but said justice was served.

In February Kenny was found guilty on two counts of assault causing bodily harm — one for beating Fudge, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday that night, and another for beating Fudge's friend.

Another man, Charlie Manasseri, was found guilty of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

Both men had pleaded not guilty to all charges when the trial began Jan. 17.

Fudge had not met either man before the night he and his friends decided to celebrate his birthday at Le Skratch nightclub.

The court heard Manasseri attacked Fudge, driving his head into the edge of the bar 10 to 20 times. Fudge was badly injured but still conscious when his friends carried him outside.

Prosecutors said Kenny punched Fudge outside the bar after asking the bouncer if he could "finish him off". The injuries put Fudge in a coma and he died a day later.

Legal wrangling and several appeals resulted in long delays in getting the case to trial.