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Man with fractured skull dies days after being punched in Queens

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 16:53:15-05

OZONE PARK, Queens — A 49-year-old man died days after he was punched in Queens, officials said Monday.

Vish Sookram, 47, allegedly punched Ishmael Bacus on Dec. 7, knocking Bacus to the ground in front of a restaurant where he hit his head, according to the criminal complaint. Bacus suffered a fractured skull and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Sookram was arrested on charges of assault before Bacus' Dec. 16 death. He was arraigned Dec. 19 and given supervised release. Sookram is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 28.

Officials have not said anything about a change in the charges against Sookram.

In November acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said the law dealing with “one punch” deaths needs to be changed. Right now, the law is structured in a way “where we can only charge third degree assault, a misdemeanor."

"We believe that is an inadequate response by society to a death," Ryan said in a release. "We call upon the Legislature to pass a law making an intentional assault that results in death a felony.”