AUBURN — A teenager who severely beat and nearly killed another youth in the parking lot of the Lewiston Mall last year has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Estes of Auburn received an eight-year sentence with three to serve and five suspended and three years of probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. He was also ordered to pay more than $3,500 in medical expenses that weren’t covered by his victim’s health insurance.

Prosecutors say Estes beat then-16-year-old Dax Catalano in March 2011 in a fight that started as an argument over Catalano’s girlfriend, who once dated one of Estes’ friends.

Catalano nearly died in the hospital, where blood was drawn from his fractured skull.

The Sun Journal reports that Estes apologized to Catalano in court.