HOUSTON (AP) - Jurors in Harris County have convicted a man of misdemeanor assault for punching a high school soccer coach who later died after his head hit the pavement.
The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/PUelJ4) Ronald Newman was found guilty Monday in the January 2011 attack on Stratford High's Christopher Matthews. The 53-year-old Newman was sentenced to one year in jail.
Matthews, the girls soccer coach, had been celebrating a victory at a restaurant with friends, colleagues and his wife. He was walking the mother of 1 of the team members to her car when that woman's husband, Newman, confronted him. Newman punched the 33-year-old Matthews, who died at the hospital days after losing consciousness.
Newman's wife had requested a restraining order against him in 2002 after a "family violence" incident.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
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