A former Phoenix strip club manager was sentenced to 2¼ years in prison Friday for tampering with evidence after the 2017 death of an off-duty firefighter at the club.

Phoenix police said Timothy Piegari tried to hide surveillance video that showed his bouncer, Brandon Draper, beat to death 37-year-old Luke Jones, who worked for Daisy Mountain Fire Department, at the Centerfolds Cabaret near the 20th and Peoria avenues in Phoenix.

Draper was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May resulting from a plea deal that reduced his charge to second-degree murder. Piegari pleaded not guilty early last year.

On the night of the incident, Piegari told police he was unaware of an assault. Later, he told investigators that security cameras stopped working prior to Jones’ death.

But after police confiscated the devices, the footage showed Piegari disconnecting the cameras after the assault occurred, moments before police arrived, court records show.

Piegari denied his involvement until July, when he admitted to jurors at his trial that he lied to police.

Piegari said,  “I got panicky, major anxiety,” and feared he would lose his job, before turning off one of the nightclub’s monitors so police would think the cameras weren’t working

Piegari’s trial lasted nearly two weeks before he was convicted.


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