A man was recently sent to jail for one year after he punched a high school soccer coach in the head, causing him to fall onto the pavement. The tumble caused that coach to eventually die from a traumatic brain injury. Thankfully, the jurors in Harris County agreed to sentence the offender for a misdemeanor assault, not a murder. The Houston Chronicle reports that Ronald Newman attacked the coach back in January of 2011 when he saw the man walking with his wife. Christopher Matthews was a soccer coach at Strafford High, and had rallied his team together for a team victory celebration at a restaurant.
Matthews had all of the teens from his girls’ soccer team at the restaurant with their parents. He had also invited colleagues and his wife. Matthews was only being chivalrous when he chose to walk the mother of one of the students to her car. When Newman saw his wife walking with the coach, he was enraged and stormed up to them. Newman confronted Matthews about the incident, and then couldn’t contain his anger. He unleashed a heavy punch to Matthews face, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the concrete. The coach lost consciousness and died at the hospital a few days later. Newman’s wife had already requested a restraining order against her violent husband in 2002 after police acknowledged that he was a part of a family violence incident.
If you have been accused of punching another individual and eventually causing that person’s death, you may be charged with more than just a misdemeanor assault Newman had an excellent lawyer who was able to get his sentences significantly reduced. He may have been charged for aggravated manslaughter and spent decades in prison for his crime. If you have been charged with a crime like this, then talk to the lawyers at the D’Amore Law Firm. We are here to fight for you and help you to work through your crimes.