Man testifies about fatal fight
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#1 Jun 24, 2007
I can't believe there are no comments on this but then the article ends in midstream?
#2 Jun 24, 2007
did the writer lose interest?
hmm...all this over a kid's baseball future? It will be interesting to get the REAL story.
#4 Jun 25, 2007
I'm almost unable to comment because this leaves me speechless! I mean, has the human race gone completely mad? Two grown men getting into a fistfight over a ball field, then one man collapses and the other says he has to go to work, doesn't even try to help the man? Complete madness all the way around.
#5 Aug 18, 2008
GILBERTON A borough man was sentenced Tuesday to one to two years in state prison for his role in the April 2007 death of another man.
President Judge William E. Baldwin ordered Vincent Bloss, 41, of 200 Main St., taken into custody after sentencing on a charge of simple assault. He ordered Bloss to pay court costs and restitution, including $20,000 to the Crime Victims Compensation Board,$15,000 for the victims hospital bills and $586 to the victims wife for expenses she incurred while her husband was a patient at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
A jury found Bloss guilty in June of simple assault and not guilty of the more serious offenses of involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person, stemming from the death of Frank Jackowiak, 60, also of Gilberton.
Gilberton police and Schuylkill County detectives arrested Bloss in connection with a March 27, 2007, fight he had with Jackowiak that started over an argument about Little League baseball. Jackowiak was injured and taken to Saint Catherine Medical Center Fountain Springs before being flown to Hershey, where he died April 2, 2007.
Dauphin County forensic pathologist Dr. Wayne Ross attributed the cause of death to traumatic chest and abdominal injuries and named the manner of death a homicide.
Before sentencing, Bloss apologized to Jackowiaks family.
I didnt mean for any of this to happen, he said.I really meant no harm to him.
Bloss attorney, Jeffrey Markosky, Mahanoy City, asked that his client be allowed to serve his time at Schuylkill County Prison and take part in the work-release program so he can still support his wife and three children.
Baldwin said because Bloss had two prior assault convictions, giving a lesser sentence would diminish the seriousness of the crime. He called Bloss the physical aggressor in the fight and questioned why he left the scene, leaving Jackowiak lying on the ground.
You just got in your car and went to work. Where was the remorse there? Baldwin said.
During the trial, Markosky told the jury Jackowiak provoked the confrontation and that Bloss actions do not fit the guidelines to support the involuntary manslaughter charge.
Markosky said his clients actions were not reckless and the incident was a fist fight.
It was a fight. Punches were thrown and thats all, Markosky said.
He also said Jackowiak started the entire incident by bringing up a matter dealing with Little League he knew would irritate Bloss and his wife, Patricia.
Markosky said Jackowiak was looking to at least start an argument.
Assistant District Attorney Michael OPake said the version of events presented by the defense doesnt make sense because its not true. He also told the jury the description Jackowiaks son and grandson gave of the blows inflicted by Bloss is consistent with causing injuries listed as the cause of death.
He blamed Bloss for not walking away once the argument began.
The defendant was the aggressor, OPake said.The actions (by Bloss) caused the death.
#6 Feb 15, 2012
The man had a heatattack i was there and they were not fighting over baseball the man want up to my mom and stared staying stuff and yes my dad left to go to work because he has a faimly to support at the time we stayed at our grams no we lost everything because of this nonscence- Hunter B.
#7 Aug 10, 2014
My grandfather didn't have a heart attack, he was murdered by your father! Your family lost everything because of this "nonsense"!? YOUR FATHER IS STILL ALIVE. My grandfather isn't. Your dad served two measly years in prison. The loss of a loved one isn't nonsense. Your ignorance is.
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