2 men sentenced in beating death of homeless man

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EL CAJON, Calif. — Two young men were sentenced Friday in the beating death of a 55-year-old homeless man in Santee.

Danny Swan III and Tyler Dare, both 20, were among five people charged with the fatal beating of of Stephen Lee Hissom on Nov. 29, 2014. Both men pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Dare was sentenced Friday to nearly 14 years behind bars and Swan was given a term of 12 years in prison.

Cassidy Rowin, 19, pleaded guilty last year to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in state prison. Sarah Baillie, 19, and Brian Kish, 20, will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutors said Hissom and his friend, 49-year-old Edward Allen, were riding bikes along a path in the 9300 block of Mission Gorge Road, under a state Route 52 overpass, when they got into an argument with the defendants.

Allen testified at a preliminary hearing that Hissom first asked the defendants to “please move,” then said, “Get the hell out of the way.”

Allen said he was surrounded, then attacked, but couldn’t see what happened to Hissom.