MELBOURNE, Australia – An Australian judge has sentenced two men to prison over the fatal beating of their Airbnb guest who owed rent.
The guest, Ramis Jonuzi, was killed at a rented house in a Melbourne suburb in October last year.
Housemates Ryan Charles Smart and Craig Jonathon Levy each pleaded guilty to manslaughter after murder charges were downgraded.
Smart was sentenced Wednesday to serve a minimum six years of a nine-year sentence. Levy was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison and must serve at least 4 1/2 years.
A third housemate, Jason Colton, stands trial next year for Jonuzi’s murder. He faces a potential life sentence if convicted.
Jonuzi was renting a room in the trio’s home and was beaten after failing to pay 210 Australian dollars ($153) in owed rent.