Monday, May 25, 2009

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

Derrick Dykas, 24, testified in his own defense Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He told jurors that 30-year-old Matthew Hockey threatened him during an argument outside a Lakewood bar. He was only defending himself, he said, when he delivered the single punch that killed Hockey.

-- 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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