Man Convicted in Deadly Lakewood Bar Fight, Released From Prison

Full story: WJW Fox 8 Cleveland

A local judge grants a Michigan man's request for early release, after he was sent to prison for throwing a deadly punch during a bar fight back in 2008.

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Evan Oswald

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Heck yeah! Dykas didn't mean to do it - hockey started it rah rah rah rah rah.....keeping dykas in prison doesn't help anybody. I can't wait to see him and give'm a freakin hug!
Evan Oswald

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The statement he made about rather being in trouble than dead does not necessarily imply he said it in a hateful or unremorseful manner. Who the hell wouldn't rather be paying a penalty to a crime you didn't mean to commit than be dead due to your own negligence?
Rosemary Gombar

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UNBELIEVABLE !!!!! How dare he be released!! I am ashamed of the courts and the judges decision to release that BOY!! He killed my friend and had no remorse!! I hope he gets what he deserves! He can go home to his family and yet Matt's family will never be able to see Matt have a family of his own, How ridiculous is the Judicial System!! I hope he gets what he deserves in the streets like he did to Matt!!!
Rosemary Gombar

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You are all PIGS, and I hope one day that you lose one of your friends and have to walk up to their family and say how sorry you are to have lost their son!!! You people are RIDICULOUS !!! You did not know Matt and You have no right to say what you do about him!!! It shows your maturity level! You get to have your scumbag friend come home, unlike the rest of us who will never get to give Matt a hug! I love how all the people that post stuff about what happened that night were not even there! GROW UP, YOU ARE ALL LOSERS !!! Stay in Michigan Because Michigan SUCKS anyways!!!
erica d

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he shouldnt have gotten 3 yrs,it was a fight with 1 punch,and he left its not like he beat him down into a bloody pulp.its sad that the guy died,but the guy didnt do anything other than throw a punch,theres rapist that get less than that
erica d

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Rosemary Gombar wrote:
UNBELIEVABLE !!!!! How dare he be released!! I am ashamed of the courts and the judges decision to release that BOY!! He killed my friend and had no remorse!! I hope he gets what he deserves! He can go home to his family and yet Matt's family will never be able to see Matt have a family of his own, How ridiculous is the Judicial System!! I hope he gets what he deserves in the streets like he did to Matt!!!
get over your sh-it,he hit the dude 1 time and walked away,were you there?did you see who started it or anything?if not then shut up,there is no reason to make this guy spend 3 yrs for that crap
Rosemary Gombar

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WOW Erica nice wording! I can tell you got a real got education! Keep your mouth shut, I was at is funneral apoligizing to his family for losing their son! No I was not there at the scene of the CRIME but I am gonna guess that you were not either! So unless you knew Matt or the Pig that killed him then you need to just stay in your little home and shut your mouth and stay out of it! Unless you have been through this then you have no room to talk and before you come back at me and ask if i have experienced it, YES I HAVE Thank you very much!
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I understand that the family has lost a loved one, and there is nothing that can make up for that. This was a tragedy that could have happened to anyone. In cases like this, people will gloss over the fact that their loved one started an altercation, and unfortunately had to pay the ultimate consequence. In a perfect world, no one would come to blows. But we live in Cleveland.
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But there are only two people who truly know what happened that night and one of them is not here to tell his side of the story. Tragic on both sides. However, I would defend myself if someone put their hands on me without question.
erica d

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Rosemary Gombar wrote:
WOW Erica nice wording! I can tell you got a real got education! Keep your mouth shut, I was at is funneral apoligizing to his family for losing their son! No I was not there at the scene of the CRIME but I am gonna guess that you were not either! So unless you knew Matt or the Pig that killed him then you need to just stay in your little home and shut your mouth and stay out of it! Unless you have been through this then you have no room to talk and before you come back at me and ask if i have experienced it, YES I HAVE Thank you very much!
guessing is like dreaming just because it pops in your head doesnt make it true,and please enlighten me on my poor grammar,cause i looked over my post and seen nothing the matter.also i think its crazy that anyone would want to cause physical harm to someone when they THEMSELVES know nothing of what happen.you werent there,so get over it.and i couldnt care less if you went through something like this before and if so it seems like where you and your group of friends go violence follows,maybe you should fix your life before wishing harm on someone else
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We're without Matt forever, this judge lets this punk go?! I still dont believe it. I am truly sickened by the comments made by Dykas and do not understand how such injustice can stand. Please make sure judge Russo is replaced in the next election, absolutely pathetic.
cleveland chris

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a. michigan does suck

b. i remember when this happened..eye witnesses did say it was one punch,he fell..they left, and we all know unfortunatey what happened when the 'victim' went to sleep..i guess i would feel worse that he got out early if there was more than 1 punch thrown and he kept hitting him - sucks either way
Lorain Ohio

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This judge needs to be removed from the bench!
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Dykas I hope your child grows up knowing your a murder and never forgives you. And judge Russo you should br ashamed of yourself for letting this punk out early
Eric

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RIP Hockey
steve

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Ok look @ the tape hockey started the fight 3x because he was drunk then dykas goes outside with an employee to smoke and hockey still follows this man. So after that he punched him. If u invade my space the same thing wouldve happened. Hockey clearly was drunk and wasn't coherent. Hockey got what he deserved. People can't go around bars getting wasted and with their beer muscles start fights and think nothing is going to happen....

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steve wrote:
Ok look @ the tape hockey started the fight 3x because he was drunk then dykas goes outside with an employee to smoke and hockey still follows this man. So after that he punched him. If u invade my space the same thing wouldve happened. Hockey clearly was drunk and wasn't coherent. Hockey got what he deserved. People can't go around bars getting wasted and with their beer muscles start fights and think nothing is going to happen....
I can understand the punch, but unfortunately it resulted in someon's loss of life. That's what the penalty was for, the killing. It is no deterrent to be let out early after causing this kind of traumea to a victim's family. A poor example of judicial behavior follows a poor excuse for causing a death. Two wrongs here, one can be fixed next election, the other can't be fixed. We'll see how long it is before Dykas is locked up for something else. Hopefully the next judge has some backbone and balls.
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Well if dykas was a criminal don't u think he wouldve got time...he has a clean record...so ur saying I go to ur house drink all night fall down ur steps go home and go to sleep and die in my sleep of a blood clot or trauma you should go to prision?

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steve wrote:
Well if dykas was a criminal don't u think he wouldve got time...he has a clean record...so ur saying I go to ur house drink all night fall down ur steps go home and go to sleep and die in my sleep of a blood clot or trauma you should go to prision?
No, you fell. If I had punched you to cause your death, it would be different.
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If the eyewitness accounts are true, and Hockey was very drunk and following Dykas outside, than I dont blame Dykas for punching him. I would of too. Unfortunately, what happened is awful and I wouldnt wish it on anyone. But I think the judge understood the whole story and thats why he released him early.

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