Mensah Dean at Philly.com reports that Flyers fan Dennis Veteri was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months of house arrest on Friday followed by five years of probation for the Jan. 2 beating of Rangers fan Neal Auricchio, a cop and veteran, at Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia after the Winter Classic.
Auricchio said the "unfortunate incident" put him out of work for two months but his vision is improving.
...and the American legal system embarrasses themselves again. You wonder why there's so much violent crime in this country. Break someone's face and your punishment is sitting at home watching television. Get caught with a dime bag of marijuana and you're in jail for ten years. Makes sense.
Yep, all this did was tell people it's okay to attack someone for being a fan of another team, especially and off-duty cop.
The justice system often makes mistakes on what to do with repeat offenders. If he had some designer drugs on him he'd get 12+ years and a "may god have mercy on your soul" speech from a judge.For what it's worth, this event has messed up his life pretty badly for a few years. Also he has very little freedom on house arrest, and one small mistake within the next few years could put him away for a while. Good to hear that the victim is doing OK. That's crazy that it messed up his eyesight.
Anyway I'm done pointing out the obvious- No I do not believe that this is justice. They let a guy walk crime after violent crime and then they can't believe it when the guy goes all "Grand Theft Auto" in the streets.
The guilty party's lawyer said his client was a good man on a bad day, but I don't think that is consistent with his record.