Former Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones received a sentence of probation and community service on Thursday, two years after his punch to the head killed a man in New York.
Jones, 37, was ordered to complete three years of probation and 1,500 hours of community service. He also was fined $1,000.
The punishment was levied after Jones was found guilty in February of third-degree assault in the Aug. 5, 2018, incident that killed Sandor Szabo of Boca Raton, Fla.
According to prosecutors, Szabo knocked on Jones’ car window late at night, possibly as he was looking for his ride-share vehicle.
Jones reportedly exited his car and punched Szabo in the face. Szabo fell back, struck his head on the concrete and fell unconscious. He was hospitalized and died two days later.
Queens (N.Y.) district attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement, “This was a tragic incident that ended the life of a man and devastated his family, a violent run-in that should never have happened. Violence is never the answer to settling a dispute.”
Szabo’s mother, Donna Kent, said in a statement regarding Queens Criminal Court Judge Joanne Watters’ sentencing, according to the Post, “Judge Watters had an opportunity to send a powerful message to society — but instead delivered a weak-willed message that repentance alone is enough to prevent justice.”
She said the family might pursue civil action against Jones, adding, “(We) believe it will do what the criminal court was too afraid to do: punish Jamill C. Jones for taking the life of our beloved Sandor.”
Eric Renfroe, one of Jones’ attorneys, told the New York Post, “We’re very sorry to the Szabo family and happy with the judge’s sentence. (Jones is) a good person and we’re sure he’s going to continue to do good in his life.”
–Field Level Media