A New Jersey man captured on video beating a homeless man days before Christmas in 2011 has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Taylor Giresi attacks a homeless Belmar man (Facebook photo via Support for David Ivins page)

Authorities say Taylor Giresi was filmed by a teenage friend as he beat David Ivins in Wall Township.

David 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 Taylor Giresi punching and kicking David Ivins in the face, bloodying his nose, before telling him, "Merry Christmas."

Taylor 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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