Put-In-Bay killer apologizes, gets 16 years in prison

CLEVELAND - A man will spend 16 years in prison, the maximum sentence the judge could give, for killing a Westlake man on vacation on Put-In-Bay.

Zachary Brody, 27, gave a statement before the sentencing Wednesday afternoon. He took responsibility for what happened the night he killed Phillip Masterson, 25, of Westlake during the Labor Day weekend in 2011.

Brody also apologized to Masterson's family, who was at the Ottawa County Courthouse.

"I feel like I failed myself, I failed my family, most of all I failed Phil Masterson. For that, I beg the family for forgiveness," Brody said.

Masterson's mother read an impact statement to the court before sentencing. At one point she had to leave the courtroom because it appeared she was overcome with emotion. 

"I feel happy that the judge saw things my way, or our way, the way we saw. It is really not enough. We felt he should have been charged more," Georgeanne Masterson said outside of the courthouse.

Brody and Masterson were both guests at the same resort in different cabins. Police said the strangers got into a fight.

At his sentencing hearing, Brody said the fight got out of control.

Masterson was reported missing over the holiday weekend. Relatives found his body two days later under a tarp in the woods behind the cottage he was renting.

This case was the first killing on Put-In-Bay in decades.

Brody will serve 10 years for involuntary manslaughter, and 36 months for each of two counts of tampering with evidence. The sentences will be served consecutively.

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