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Jason William Whitehead sentenced to 3 years in fatal bar fight

Jason William Whitehead will be sentenced today for his role in a fatal bar fight in December 2011.

Police say James Philip Mattatall may have been trying to break up a fight

Jason William Whitehead has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Jason William Whitehead was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for his role in a fatal bar fight three years ago.

James Philip Mattatall, 23, of Dartmouth, was found unconscious and unresponsive in front of the Toothy Moose on Argyle Street in Halifax in the early hours of Dec. 17, 2011.

Whitehead pleaded guilty to manslaughter in October. 

Police say the fight started inside the bar and continued outside where Mattatall was knocked to the ground.

The court heard Friday that Mattatall was trying to prevent a fight between his brother and the accused when Whitehead punched him in the jaw.

Mattatall hit the back of his head on the pavement and died of blunt force trauma.

At the time, police said there were indications Mattatall may have been trying to break up a fight.

There will be at least four victim impact statements.

A close friend of Mattatall's says he was a mentor to children and someone to look up to.

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