FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man captured on video beating a homeless man days before Christmas in 2011 has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Authorities say Taylor Giresi was filmed by a teenage friend as he beat David Ivins in Wall Township. (See Related Video)

Ivins, who with his thick beard and layers of clothes was a familiar sight in Wall, Belmar and Lake Como.

The videotape, which was posted on YouTube, showed Giresi punching and kicking Ivins in the face, bloodying his nose, before telling him, “Merry Christmas.”

Giresi was sentenced in Monmouth County Friday morning for conspiring to use a juvenile to commit a crime. Assault charges were dropped in a plea deal.

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