The sad and senseless story of Emery Kauanui and his untimely demise come to an end with the sentencing of the man who killed him with a punch to the head—Seth Cravens. The worst part of the whole thing is that they were all friends, and now one's dead, one's locked up for 20+ years, and the other guys have to live with what they've done.

Seth Cravens sentenced To 20 Years

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Seth Cravens, the La Jolla man convicted in the alcohol-fueled beating death of a professional surfer, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison today.

Cravens, 23, was found guilty Nov. 18 of second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Emery Kauanui, 24.

Kauanui died in a hospital four days after he and Cravens got into a fight in front of Kauanui’s La Jolla home on Draper Avenue around 1 a.m. on May 24, 2007. Cravens and four other men had gone to the home, intent on retaliation, after Kauanui had spilled beer on one of the men earlier in the evening at the La Jolla Brew House and the two got into an argument.

Cravens punched Kauanui once in the jaw during the fight. Kauanui was knocked to the ground and suffered a fractured skull. The jury concluded that Cravens was guilty of “implied-malice murder,” which means that Craven’s was aware that his actions were dangerous but acted anyway.

He was also convicted of four counts of assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury and one misdemeanor battery, stemming from earlier offenses.