Donald Nemeth, the 30-year-old brother of WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after a guilty plea for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Joshua Mascol in January 2016. Nemeth and 52-year-old Jack King both plead guilty to charges of “involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping and robbery charges” according to Cleveland.com. Mascol’s death was allegedly the result of a drug deal and robbery gone wrong at the University Hotel and Suites in Cleveland, with the incident being caught on security cameras at the hotel:
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shannon Gallagher sentenced both men during separate hearings that showed neither man admit that they killed Mascol…
Prosecutors say Nemeth plotted with King to rob Mascol, and one of the two men shot Mascol during a scuffle in the hallway. How Mascol died remains as blurry as the hotel’s surveillance video that showed his death.
“Had I known Donny was going to do anything like he did, I never would have went,” King said. “I would have tried to stop him.”
Nemeth had reported “partied and went to dinner” with the victim numerous times without incident according to Cleveland.com and his lawyer claimed that it was King who brought the gun to the meeting on the day in question. Prosecutors had asked the judge to prohibit Nemeth’s defense team from mentioning Ziggler — real name Nicholas Nemeth — in court, fearing the connection to the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion could have some effect on the jury during the trial.
While not admitting definitively who had killed Mascol, Nemeth did show remorse while addressing the court, relaying that he has battled addiction most of his life and he wants to make things right now that it has cost him a friend. He has kept his addiction hidden from his family according to Cleveland.com, something highlighted by a statement from his other brother and professional wrestler, Ryan Nemeth:
Nemeth’s other brother who also had a career as a professional wrestler, recalled Nemeth driving from Cleveland to Phoenix to rescue one dog, and carrying another wounded dog off of the rocky peaks of a mountain trail.
“I hope I’ve painted a picture of the Donny that I know, because it’s not the one that was painted earlier,”