Jury convicts brother of manslaughter

  Justin Carbaugh stood and hugged his attorney after he was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter and abuse of corpse for the Aug. 4, 2010, killing of his brother, Brandon Carbaugh.
  The jury acquitted him of the more serious charges of first- and third-degree murder, which carry respectively penalties of life in prison and 20 to 40 years.
  “This has been a tragedy,” defense attorney Steve Rice said. “This is a case where nobody wins. The system wins.
  “Any time you pick a jury of 12 people and they see the case for what it is – a crime of passion – the system wins.”
  Rice said Justin Carbaugh had offered to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in pretrial negotiations. He said the commonwealth only offered him a chance to plead guilty to third-degree murder.
  The Carbaugh brothers’ mother, Paige Carbaugh, said she was satisfied with the verdict.
  “There were things he (Justin) did that I can’t explain, things I can’t understand,” she said. “But I never thought it was murder.”

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Rick Lee is a veteran courthouse reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Contact him at rlee@ydr.com or call 495-1782.

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