By Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) - A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for causing the death of a relative after the two brawled outside an upstate New York bar.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports ( ) that Lee Lopez of Middletown was sentenced Thursday in Orange County Court for criminally negligent homicide for throwing a punch that ultimately lead to the death of 54-year-old Thomas Smith.

Lopez punched Smith outside a Middletown bar in April 2012. Prosecutors say Smith fell and hit his head on the pavement. He was in a coma for three weeks and died from complications in January 2013.


Information from: The Times Herald-Record,

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