Saturday, December 13, 2008

Guilty verdict in Lakewood fatal-punch fight doesn't resolve the sorrow

Their paths crossed for an hour, maybe less. Their egos inflamed in an argument about petty things -- clothing, name brands, ballcaps. No one can remember exactly how it began or who started it.
But no one can forget how it ended -- on a slushy street outside a Lakewood bar, with a single punch that would haunt two families forever.
A Cuyahoga County jury found Derrick Dykas, 24, guilty Thursday of throwing the punch that killed Matthew Hockey of Lakewood. Dykas faces one to five years in prison for his involuntary manslaughter conviction but could be placed on probation instead. Common Pleas Judge John Russo will sentence him Monday, Jan. 12.

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