An Alvin man last week was sentenced to 10 years deferred probation for his role in the death of a man outside a San Leon bar in 2017.

Stephen Michael Rozycki, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

“We fought the case for four years and in the end it was reduced to negligent homicide,” said Rozycki’s defense attorney, Jonathan Zendeh Del.

Rozycki first turned himself into the Galveston County Jail in May 2017 after a grand jury indictment was handed down in connection with the January 2017 death of Jody Philpott, 30, of Manvel.

Rozycki at the time was charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony, court records show.

Galveston County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of 18th Street where they found Philpott unconscious on the ground.

Deputies and emergency medical personnel attempted to revive him using CPR. He was transported to the hospital, where he died.

A witness told deputies that Philpott had been unruly, might have been impaired and was asked to leave the property but refused, sheriff’s office officials said.

A witness told deputies three people fought with Philpott as he was escorted from the property, sheriff’s office officials said.

Rozycki was one of three people who restrained the victim, officials said.

A witness told deputies that Rozycki might have had a disagreement with Philpott earlier in the evening, officials said.

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Matt deGrood began working at The Daily News as a reporter in Sept. 2016.

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(2) comments

Larry Grissom

Seriously, he killed a man and got 10 years probation??????

What is wrong with the judicial powers that be in this country?

Carlos Ponce

In the state of Texas, a conviction for criminally negligent manslaughter can carry serious penalties. For example, a person convicted of this offense may face:

Six months or up to 2 years in state jail

A fine of up to $10,000

Probation and community service

A person convicted of this offense will not be eligible for parole. Additionally, a person who commits criminally negligent homicide while on the job may have difficulty finding employment in a similar field.

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