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No jail time for former basketball coach in Queens one-punch homicide

2020-07-27

A former college basketball coach convicted in the one-punch death of a drunken out-of-towner dodged jail time Thursday after a Queens judge sentenced him to probation and community service.

Jamill Jones, a former Wake Forest University assistant coach, faced a maximum 1-year jail sentence for misdemeanor assault in the August 2018 death of Sandor Szabo, a 35-year old digital marketing executive.

Szabo, who was visiting New York from Florida to attend a wedding, was seen on video attempting to pull a mailbox from the street in Long Island City.

Then, Szabo was seen staring at Jones’ car as it drove by him.

Jones, 37, testified that as his car stopped, Szabo walked up and punched its windshield.

Szabo walked away. Jones followed him, and knocked him to the ground with a single punch to the face.

Szabo died two days later.

A six-person jury convicted Jones of misdemeanor assault in February.

At Thursday’s hearing, Queens Criminal Court Judge Joanne Watters sentenced Jones to three years’ probation, 1,500 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.

Szabo’s mother has said she’s working with state Sen. Joseph Addabbo on crafting a “one-punch” law that would create stiffer penalties for similar attacks.