Teenager Faces 7 Years in Beating Death of Homeless Man for Beer

A Granite City teen faces seven years in prison for his role in the beating death of a homeless man for a can of beer.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Carol Bouck was sentenced Tuesday in Madison County court.

Bouck and Joseph Lee Raines pleaded guilty earlier this year to fatally beating 48-year-old Thomas Muffler.

Authorities say the teens punched and kicked Muffler last October after he refused to buy them beer. After the beating, the teens stole a 24-ounce can of beer from Muffler.

Muffler suffered broken ribs that penetrated a lung; he later died from pneumonia.

Bouck's attorney John Rekowski says it was a tough case and Bouck accepts the sentence.

Raines is scheduled to be sentenced next week.