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South grad sentenced for death at coffee shop
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Forsyth County News
A Forsyth County man who pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter after killing another man outside a St. Louis Starbucks received a one-year prison sentence Thursday.

In March 2008, 19-year-old Aaron Poisson of Cumming reportedly ran out of a Starbucks after snatching a tip jar containing about $5. Roger Kreutz, 54, went to stop him.

As Poisson attempted to flee, his car door struck Kreutz and knocked him to the ground. He died two day later. Poisson was arrested days later at the St. Louis home of a friend.

Poisson graduated from South Forsyth High School in 2007. He was a starting pitcher for the school's baseball team in 2006, but did not play his senior year.

According to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Poisson also pleaded guilty to stealing and leaving the scene of an accident. He reached an agreement with prosecutors that called for the one-year sentence.

With time served and other considerations, Poisson likely will serve about seven months, according to his attorney, William Margulis.

Post-Dispatch accounts said Poisson was in the St. Louis area searching for a job with his then-girlfriend at the time of the crime. The young woman was not charged.

Kreutz was the co-owner of the Holiday Inn and Viking Conference Center, not far from the Starbucks, and was a regular and well-liked customer there, news reports have said.

Video surveillance showed that he didn't hesitate to chase after Poisson after seeing the tip money stolen.