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2 convicted in Halloween '04 beating

| Saturday, May 5, 2012, 3:53 a.m.

Two men have been convicted in Westmoreland County court of beating a man into a coma after a Halloween party in 2004.

At the end of a three-day trial, Robert S. Conrad, 26, of Arnold, and William D. Geopfert, 26, of New Kensington, were found guilty of aggravated assault. The jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours on Thursday before the verdict was reached.

Judge Rita D. Hathaway ordered both men detained, revoking their bond, with a sentencing hearing to be scheduled within 90 days.

New Kensington police say Conrad and Geopfert were involved in a fight that left Herbert Marsh, no address given, in a coma for nearly a week. Another man, Steven Jones, also was found lying in the street when officers arrived near the intersection of Catalpa Street and Leishman Avenue.

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