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September 6, 2018: Man Sentenced in Fatal Attack Outside Hollywood Nightclub

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An Anaheim man was sentenced today to four years in county jail for killing a man during an altercation outside of a Hollywood nightclub, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury convicted Dietrich Canterberry (dob 12/20/81) of one felony count of involuntary manslaughter on June 26 after deliberating for three days.

At about 2:30 a.m., on Oct. 30, 2016, a dispute erupted outside of a nightclub near Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards. Canterberry punched 28-year-old Devion Jelkes, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground, according to court testimony.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

A second defendant, Cordell Shields (dob 3/25/81), was charged with one count of murder in Jelkes’ death and two counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury for alleged attacks on two other people during the confrontation. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 10 in Department 119 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney Seth Carmack is prosecuting case BA451429.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the case.