Crime and Courts

Virus Postpones Former Coach's Sentencing for Fatal Punch of NYC Tourist

He faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced

The sentencing of a former Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach convicted of assault for fatally punching a man in New York City has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said Jamill Jones’ March 18 sentencing has been adjourned to June 16.

Jones was convicted of assault last month for delivering the punch that killed Sandor Szabo in August 2018. He faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced.

Authorities said Szabo banged on the window of Jones’ SUV on Aug. 5, 2018.

Police said Jones got out, punched Szabo and sped off. Szabo fell and hit his head. He was pronounced dead at a hospital two days later.

Jones testified at his trial that he hit Szabo in self-defense and to protect his then-fiancée, who was with him.

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