|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1959|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 2000|
On July 5, 2000, Thomas Junta and Michael Costin accompanied their sons to the rink, where an informal hockey practice was held and was overseen by Costin. The two men first argued verbally over the level of physical contact between their sons, and then had a brief physical confrontation that was broken up by others at the rink.
The 270-pound Junta left the building, returned and got into a fight with Costin, who weighed about 160 pounds. Junta had to be pulled off Costin, who died of his injuries the following day. The fatal fight came to symbolize parents losing control of themselves while their children participated in sports. Junta was charged with voluntary manslaughter. The jury which tried his case opted instead to convict him of the lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter. Judge Charles Grabau sentenced Junta to six to ten years (which was twice Massachusetts' suggested sentence for involuntary manslaughter) because of the egregiousness of the crime.
In April 2008, Junta was denied parole for the second time. In denying his request, the Massachusetts Parole Board said that Junta had failed to fully accept responsibility for his actions.
Created by: Joanne
Record added: Feb 19, 2012
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