Hockey dad in fatal fight trying for parole

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A Natick father who was convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of another dad at their son's hockey practice will try again for parole.
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Wondering

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#68
Jun 2, 2009
 
No parole until the victim comes back to life.

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#69
Jun 2, 2009
 
Zippy wrote:
Keep his behind in jail until he rots!
stupid answer.

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#70
Jun 2, 2009
 
Wondering wrote:
No parole until the victim comes back to life.
even more stupid.The "victum" started the fight.

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#71
Jun 2, 2009
 
make that victim!

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#72
Jun 3, 2009
 
beguiled wrote:
<quoted text>even more stupid.The "victum" started the fight.
so? That means Kill him, thats a stupid remark
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#73
Jun 3, 2009
 
susie08 wrote:
Its called being a grown up, ok using your fist" dont resolve anything, these men should of walked away, well at least Junta.
He did walk away. Then went back to beat on him. Now look where he is.
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#74
Jun 3, 2009
 
Really wrote:
You people are all retarded...Aparently none of you have been in a fight before because you all probably sit back and let people fight your battles...I dont know what gives you the right to bash anyone...oh thats right you can find "behind closed doors" and pretend your all tough and talk nonsense!
Believe me, I been in plenty of fights. Just smart enough not to kill someone....Now don't you feel like the retard?

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#75
Jun 3, 2009
 
susie08 wrote:
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so? That means Kill him, thats a stupid remark
No. You just don't know how these things can end up.If you are 165 pounds,don't throw punches at someone who weighs a 100 pounds more.
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#76
Oct 13, 2009
 
Tony wrote:
Michael Costin's children and family will NEVER EVER see him again on this earth. Thomas Junta will be free to see and be with his family in 2-3 years, I believe. He caught a HUGE break just getting 6 years where he could have gotten up to 20. I think he should stay in and finish his time and think more about what he did and how it affected the other man's family.
Read the medical reports. Costin died from a blow to his corroded artery. Hence, a punch that was likely intended for his face, but hit him in the neck is what killed him. plain bad luck
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#77
Oct 14, 2009
 
Life long Lowell Resident wrote:
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Believe me, I been in plenty of fights. Just smart enough not to kill someone....Now don't you feel like the retard?
More like "lucky enough" not to kill someone. You can't really control what happens in a fight. The same punch that would injure 99 opponents might kill the 100th, just because of some weakness in that person's body that you didn't know about. Or a punch not hard enough to injure could knock an off balance adversary down, with his head hitting the deck hard enough to cause a fatal brain injury. The only difference between you and Thomas Junta is blind luck.
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Jul 28, 2010
 
The Chelmsford Flash wrote:
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You make many assumptions that cannot possibly support or know.
1. How do you know what your husband would or would not do in the heat of the momment?
2.How do you know the murder that Junta committed was not premeditated?
3.Why should this murderer (Junta)not spend the rest of his life in jail for murdering another human?
Again Patti , You need to elevate your thinking!
You are a real scumbag. Costin started the fight, and TWICE Junta walked away.The third time he threw less than 5 punches and it just so happened that Costin died. He had pre-existing medical condidtions that made him more susceptible to being killed by blunt trauma. Now who do you think would knew about that condition, the father picking a fight with someone 105 lbs bigger than him, or the father that got jumped? Did Costin deserve to die? Absolutely not. But did Junta intend to murder the man? Again,no. And on a side note a**wipe, the "put yourself in their shoes" is not a trump card. Junta's family is quite miserable right now too. Maybe not as much as the poor Costin's are. but this who event has scarred there lives too. The 6 yr sentence was at least twice as long as it should have been, and the fact that he hasnt been released yet is a stain on the credibility of the MA Judiciary system. THOMAS JUNTA DID NOTHING WRONG. I feel terrible for both families invovled as it is a terrible situation, but to call Junta a murderer is almost a provacative for an a**woping as calling out someone more than 105lbs bigger than you. Jeez, and you say others need to elevate there thinking.......
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#79
Sep 28, 2010
 
He should have never went to jail it was an accident that he killed him. It was a regular fist fight that had an unlucky outcome
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Sep 28, 2010
 
Oxed wrote:
He should have never went to jail it was an accident that he killed him. It was a regular fist fight that had an unlucky outcome
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If you are doing something illegal, like being in a fistfight, you own all the consequences of that illegal activity, whether you intended them or not. The conviction for manslaughter instead of murder takes into consideration that it was not intentional. If the rule were otherwise, how could you say that drunk drivers who kill someone should go to prison, even for a first offense, while drunk drivers who don't kill someone get the drunk school and a 45 day loss of license. After all, it is just luck of the draw that one killed someone and the other just got pulled over. The actions of both drunk drivers were the same. Their intentions were most likely the same. Only in one case, the potential danger became actual harm due to circumstances the driver may have had no control over ( or at least no control over once they made the initial decision to try to drive while impaired.)
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Sep 28, 2010
 
Isn't he out of jail now?
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Aug 15, 2011
 
Tony wrote:
Michael Costin's children and family will NEVER EVER see him again on this earth. Thomas Junta will be free to see and be with his family in 2-3 years, I believe. He caught a HUGE break just getting 6 years where he could have gotten up to 20. I think he should stay in and finish his time and think more about what he did and how it affected the other man's family.
He got min of six years 6-9 i believe.So he can only parole after the 6 years is up minus the 2.5 days per month good-time that is very difficult to earn he did get some from being part of habitat for humanity and a few other programs but 2.5 to 5 days max on particular months doesn't add up to much. He did beat the guy excessively but at his point of rage im sure he wasn't trying to kill him. it wasn't pre-meditated,it was not intentional and we can't just lock people up forever for everything he made a big mistake and I feel sorry for the family who lost their father but he was not totally innocent at the same time did not deserve to die, it was unfortunate to say the least. Now I did a bit over 2 years Tommy at Shirley Medium and by no means is he a reckless threat to the public he was a very nice and well mannered guy who did his time the way everyone should. He also lost his whife, his kids' childhoods, plus the 9 years of his life and countless other things less important. I believe what he got was justifiable and he's out now and can move on with his life as i know he will he is not a dangerous criminal he made a mistake and paid in full !

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