Thomas Junta of Reading, Massachusetts was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2002 after he attacked Michael Costin, at 51 Symonds Way on July 5, 2000, who later died of his injuries. Costin was the informal referee of a pick-up hockey game involving the men's sons. The attack by Junta and the fight which ensued was witnessed by about a dozen children, including Junta's son and Costin's three sons.
Junta was charged with voluntary manslaughter. The jury which tried his case found him Not guilty, and instead convicted him of the lesser crime of Involuntary Manslaughter due to the fact that it was a case of self-defense. Judge Charles Grabau sentenced Junta to six to ten years.
Junta was eventually released on August 27, 2010.
- Court TV coverage of Thomas Junta, the hockey dad convicted of manslaughter
- RINK RAGE:The Killing of Michael Costin USNewsLink, Judith Haney, 2002
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