Monday, September 28, 2009

Fatal punch gets Riverside man nine years in prison

The Press-Enterprise
Mia Means struggled to speak Monday as she addressed a Superior Court judge who would sentence a man to nine years in prison for delivering a fatal punch to her son.
"I kept asking if he knew who I was, and he just looked at me and smiled," she told Judge Elisabeth Sichel, recalling the night her son, Eric "Hoss" Means, was injured.
She watched as he convulsed and slipped into a coma at Riverside Community Hospital, where the 19-year-old Riverside resident died two days after being punched by Jude Wiscowiche at a Riverside Del Taco.

Man gets 9 years for fatal punch

A Riverside man was sentenced this morning to nine years in prison for punching a man who later died.
Jude Wiscowiche had rear ended the car that Eric "Hoss" Means was riding in two years ago.
Means was trying to take a picture of Wiscowiche's license plate after the accident and Wiscowiche punched him, causing Means to fall to the ground. Wiscowiche, 22, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.
Means, 19, died two days later at Riverside Community Hospital.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fatal punch earns 18 years in prison

Victim killed in Warehouse District fight
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Leila Atassi
Plain Dealer Reporter
A Cleveland man will spend 18 years in prison for throwing the punch that killed 22-year-old Michael Corrado outside a Warehouse District bar in May.
Walter Triplett Jr. hung his head Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court as Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold sentenced him to the maximum prison term of eight years for felonious assault with an additional 10 years for earning the status of repeat violent offender.
Triplett, 28, has served prison sentences for violent crimes in four other cases since 1997, Saffold said

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Calgary panhandler sentenced to three years for delivering fatal punch

The panhandler who delivered a fatal punch to a man who refused to give him fifty cents back in July has been handed a three year jail sentence.Donald Foran was walking in the 4700 Block of 16th Avenue N.W, with his hands full of groceries, when Christopher Guthrie asked him for change.Foran refused, an agrument ensued, and Guthrie then punched him in the face, knocking him to the concrete.Foran died from brain hemorrhaging in hospital nine days later.His brother Bruce says the sentence is much too light.The judge accepted the crown's application that Guthrie must serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Footballer died after mate's unprovoked punch, court hears

An amateur footballer died on a Geelong oval after his teammate lashed out unprovoked, a court heard today.
Daniel Singleton, 29, of the Geelong suburb of Highton, has been charged with manslaughter after Nathan Alsop's death at East Geelong Football Club grand final celebrations on Saturday night.
Police allege Singleton delivered a fatal punch to Mr Alsop, 37, before walking back to the clubroom.
Singleton and Mr Alsop were teammates in the East Geelong reserve side.
Detective Senior Constable Sarah Woods told the Geelong Magistrates Court this morning the alleged incident took place at the edge of an oval and a key witness was Singleton's housemate.
She said there had been nothing angry about a conversation involving Singleton and Mr Alsop and, without provocation, Singleton had punched Mr Alsop on the right side of his face, making him fall backwards onto the oval.
"There's nothing aggressive about the conversation until the victim Alsop said: 'You took my wife to the football last week','' Senior Constable Woods told the court.
"The defendant didn't say much in reply except that the victim's wife had tickets to the football.
"The defendant, without any provocation, punched the victim to the right side of the head using a clenched left fist. As a result of being struck, the victim fell backwards.''
Detective Senior Constable Woods said paramedics attended but Mr Alsop died at the scene.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Convicted murderer to face new charges for jail inmate's slaying

EDINBURG — A man who previously admitted to strangling his girlfriend with an Xbox controller cord was formally arraigned Friday for allegedly killing a fellow inmate while awaiting his trial.
Prosecutors believe Samuel Rene Garcia, 33, of McAllen, delivered a fatal punch that killed Benny Chapman Harper during a fistfight that broke out Oct. 30, 2006, at the Hidalgo County Jail.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fatal punch brings manslaughter count to Boise man

A Boise man is charged after Noah Hopper was killed this week while drinking in a park with friends.
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Joshua L. Luman is not a violent man, and whatever happened by the Julia Davis Park bandshell early Monday morning must have been an accident, his brother said Wednesday.
"(Joshua) is a really easygoing guy ... it's not like him to lose his temper at all," Adam Luman said. "I am sure he didn't mean to do anything ... I am sure he feels horrible about whatever happened."

Luman is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond after Boise police say he punched Noah Hopper in the face, which then caused Hopper to hit his head. Boise police say the impact of both blows likely led to his death.

Both men are 26.

Police said initially Luman would be charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors charged Luman with the lesser offense of felony involuntary manslaughter in court Wednesday afternoon.
Adam Luman said his brother and Hopper, who went to high school together in Mountain Home and remained friends, went to a concert Sunday night. He said his brother didn't like to drink that much.
Luman had attended Boise State University as recently as this spring.
Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg has yet to release the cause and manner of death. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Police say that after the punch, Luman and another man the two were drinking with took Hopper to a Boise home. They later took him to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center around 5 p.m. Monday, after they were not able to get him to "wake up," according to police reports.
Hopper was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 23. If found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, Luman could be sent to prison for up to 10 years.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sam Davis 'killed by bullying gatecrasher with one blow'

AN aggressive bully who gatecrashed a birthday party, spoiling for a fight killed a teenager with a single blow, a court has heard.
A Supreme Court jury was today told Heath Arthur Clake felled Sam Davis so hard it tore one of his major arteries in half, causing both a brain haemorrhage and cardiac arrest.
Opening a 15-day trial, prosecutor Heath Barclay said Clake had not intended to kill Mr Davis - but his actions that night made it clear he wanted to fight.
"He was an aggressive bully who picked fights with a number of people... he was fired up," he said.
"He continued his angry, provocative behaviour so as to make further fights inevitable - that's what he wanted and that's what he got.
"Having started another fight, he finished it by delivering a blow to Mr Davis' head, killing him - that's the only reasonable inference that can be drawn."
Clake, 19, of Hallett Cove, has pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter.
It is alleged he killed Mr Davis, 17, at a party in a Brighton home in 2008.
Today, Mr Barclay told the jury Mr Davis - who had a blood alcohol reading of 0.09 - had been invited to that party, unlike Clake.
He said Clake "heckled, pushed, punched and bullied" people in the home's back yard, then followed revellers to the front yard when the celebration ended.
"Clake then provoked a situation that ended up in a melee, and Mr Davis became involved," he said.
Mr Barclay said 20 witnesses would give "very different" accounts of the brawl, and only one person had seen the fatal punch inflicted.
"He will tell you Mr Davis stopped moving, looked dizzy and, a couple of seconds later, collapsed," he said.
"Mr Davis lost consciousness almost immediately, and he never spoke again."