Conway man sentenced to five years in man’s death at his birthday party

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 15, 2012 

A Conway man was sentenced to five years in prison in the death of a 39-year-old who was assaulted during his birthday party, according to authorities.

Brian Lee Kupport, 34, of Conway pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edward B. Cottingham to five years in prison, according to court records. Kupport was given credit for the time he’s served since being arrested March 4 on a charge of murder and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Kupport also was ordered to pay court costs.

The charge stemmed from March 3 when Horry County police were called to Conway Medical Center’s emergency room about 11:15 p.m., where 39-year-old David Altman was being treated, police said.

Altman died March 8 while being treated for head injuries he suffered during his birthday party at a home on Quiet Avenue, Horry County police said. Officials determined Kupport punched Altman in the face, which caused Altman to fall backwards and hit his head. He then began convulsing.

Horry County EMS responded and took Altman to the hospital, where police learned he was unconscious and had a skull fracture, according to the report. Altman was later taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Police arrested Kupport at the home where the party was being held, according to the report.

According to a State Law Enforcement report, Kupport served five days in prison in early 2010 after pleading guilty to an assault charge stemming from a 2009 incident. Kupport also spent two days in jail last year after being charged with breach of peace, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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