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Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Poker Tournament

James Walsh To Be Sentenced Next Month For 2012 Incident


A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after “sucker punching” a person who he mistakenly thought had insulted his girlfriend.

According to a report from, James Walsh, 41, admitted to striking 45-year-old Daniel McDonald on the night of Mar. 16, 2012. It was during a poker event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Southbridge.

McDonald died eight days later from his skull and brain injuries.

Sentencing for Walsh will take place late next month. Walsh could face up to 20 years in prison, but has the option to withdraw his plea depending on what the prosecutor asks for.



7 years ago

Damn. Thats a bad beat.