ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Philadelphia-area man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the beating and stabbing death of an eastern Pennsylvania man last summer has been sentenced to nine to 20 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Sloss of Pottstown was sentenced Friday in Lehigh County Court. He was originally charged with criminal homicide after he was found crouching over the body of 31-year-old Bryan Mayes of Slatington in the middle of Route 873 in Washington Township in August.

Sloss said he had been drinking heavily, saw Mayes smoking a marijuana pipe and asked to take a hit, but the other man tried to steal his wallet.

He apologized to the victim's relatives, saying he never intended to kill Mayes but "overreacted to a threat and did something I could never take back."