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Former Wake Forest coach gets probation, community service in Queens 'one punch' death case

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Posted at 6:24 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 20:08:24-04

QUEENS — A basketball coach who fatally punched a man in Queens was sentenced Thursday to probation and community service, officials said.

Sandor Szabo, 35, had just left his sister's wedding on Aug. 5, 2018 when he was punched by Jamill Jones, a former assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University. Jones was found guilty of misdemeanor assault.

The night of the punch, Szabo banged on Jones' car, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. Jones got out of the car, punched Szabo and then drove away. Szabo suffered a laceration to his chin, a skull fracture and other traumatic brain injuries from the punch. He died two days after the attack.

“This was a tragic incident that ended the life of a man and devastated his family, a violent run-in that should never have happened," Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. "Violence is never the answer to settling a dispute.”

Jones was sentenced to three years of probation, 1,500 hours of private community service and a fine of $1,000.