A former Mason teen convicted of beating another teen to death in a group home for children last year will be sentenced today in Butler County Common Pleas Court.
Lance Tiernan, who turned 18 in May, is scheduled to go before Judge Patricia Oney at 8:30 a.m., court records show.
A jury found Tiernan not guilty of murder earlier this summer, but they did convicted him of involuntary manslaughter in the Dec. 19 beating death of Anthony Parker, 16, at One Way Farm in Fairfield Township.
Tiernan was charged as an adult with murder but now that the jury tossed that, the case could revert to the juvenile system, where he now could be sentenced to a maximum of three years.
Tiernan previously attended Mason High School while living with relatives. Three Mason high School educators testified during the trial and described Tiernan as respectful, kind, shy and a good student who worked hard.