Man Gets 1 Year in East Village Parking-Spot Punch That Left Woman Brain-Damaged

The victim's mother said in court that he had given the family "a life sentence"

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012  |  Updated 9:08 AM EDT
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A man convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge after punching a woman in the face, leaving her brain-damaged, in a fight about a parking space has been sentenced to one year in jail.

A man convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge after punching a woman in the face, leaving her brain-damaged, in a fight about a parking space has been sentenced to one year in jail.

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Mistrial in Parking Spot Assault

A mistrial was declared in the case of Oscar Fuller. He's admitted to attacking a woman over a parking spot. Jurors say they couldn't prove intent for the felony charge. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says he will try to bring this case back to court. Fuller could face seven years in prison if convicted. NBCNewYork?s Pei-Sze Cheng reports.
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A man convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge after punching a woman in the face, leaving her brain-damaged, in a fight about a parking space has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Oscar Fuller was sentenced Friday for assaulting Lana Rosas during their February 2011 confrontation in the East Village. She was knocked off her feet and hit her head on the ground.

In court, her mother, Angie Harrison, told Fuller that "my daughter and family have received a life sentence."

Harrison gave an impact statement in court, telling Fuller that "you would like to believe that the sidewalk did this, and not you."

Rosas did not speak in court. She told the New York Post in an interview that all she wanted to do was "spit in this dude's face."

She spent six days in a coma and was hospitalized for three months, according to the Post. She now has a shunt in her skull and goes to therapy twice a week. She had to be taught how to swallow, her family said, and still can't drive or work, according to the Post.

Defense lawyer Thomas Kenniff says Fuller never foresaw or intended such serious injuries.

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