Homeless man gets 10 years in 2008 beating death of Lexingtonian

A homeless man charged in the August 2008 death of a Lexington man whose body was struck by a train was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Steven D. Dykes, 46, pleaded guilty in July to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter. A grand jury indicted Dykes last year on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of Stephen Mazcyck of Lexington.

Prosecutors had recommended that Dykes serve 10 years in prison, the maximum for second-degree manslaughter. Charles M. Atkins, who also was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the case, has died, prosecutors said.

During Thursday's sentencing, Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone said Dykes had indicated before his court appearance that he did not want to be considered for probation.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Dykes and Atkins admitted to police that they fatally beat Mazcyck, 53. Dykes showed police where the beating occurred and led them to the shopping cart he and Atkins used to drag Mazcyck to the railroad tracks near Paris Pike.

An R.J. Corman train struck Mazcyck's body, and the operator alerted police. Investigators later determined that Mazcyck was dead before the train hit him.

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