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Clancy’s Bartender Matthew Meier Arrest After Beaten Man Dies

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James Tinsman, 46, of Seal Beach was killed after being beaten unconscious. He was found behind Clancy’s bar in Seal Beach on Main Street.

SEAL BEACH, California (August 2, 2017)  — An arrest has been made in connection to the death of James Tinsman, 46, of Seal Beach who died after he was found unconscious behind Clancy’s bar at 111 Main Street on July 18.

The Seal Beach man was allegedly punched in the face by a bartender who works at the bar.

Tinsman was found bleeding from his head and was transported by ambulance to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, but he died the following day on July 19.

Police arrested the 32-year-old bartender about 3:30 a.m. this morning on suspicion of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, Seal Beach Police said.

His charges were later updated to involuntary manslaughter, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, causing great bodily injury (coma), according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

He is being held on $250,000 bail and faces nine years in prison if convicted.

Detectives stated the bartender was socializing at the bar where he is also employed on the night of the fatal assault. There were no weapons involved in the attack.

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