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Colorado man dies from punch in fight

Fights are common amongst young people and even adults in Colorado. However, what people may think is "just a bar fight" can lead to serious charges if someone is left injured. In fact, fights can lead to felony assault and battery charges, which could mean time in prison.

Misdemeanor assault charges can also stem from scuffles or even shouting matches if a person felt threatened. Assault charges can vary greatly depending on the amount of physical harm that was caused in a fight, if there was a dangerous weapon involved or if the defendant has a prior record.

Sometimes, though, a bar fight inflicts more than injuries and actually kills someone. When this happens, the instigator will likely be charged with homicide and could face life in prison.

Such is the case for whoever is responsible for the punch that allegedly killed a 24-year-old Fort Collins man in a fight outside of a bar over the weekend.

Reports say that another 24-year-old man from Fort Collins, who has a criminal record according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, was arrested immediately after the assault took place in Old Town Fort Collins early Saturday morning.

Reportedly, the deceased 24-year-old was punched in the back of the head by the 24-year-old suspect or someone who was with the suspect, which caused the deceased man to fall back onto the pavement and strike his head.

The 24-year-old was pronounced brain dead on Sunday and his organs were donated Monday, according to the Coloradoan.

Police are still searching for suspects and additional charges could be made. The 24-year-old suspect was first charged with assault, but now that the man has died, he could face murder or manslaughter charges.

What likely started as a typical bar fight has left one man dead and another potentially facing life in prison.

Source: The Coloradoan, "Fort Collins man punched in Old Town altercation passes away," Trevor Hughes, 6/7/2011.

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