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Bar attack indictment

BRENTWOOD &#-; A Dover man who leveled the punch that killed 24-year-old Joshua Krantz during an unprovoked assault at The Page Restaurant in Portsmouth has been indicted for manslaughter, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Zachary O&#';Neill, 24, was indicted on the charge by a Rockingham County grand jury along with a single count of first-degree assault in connection with the fatal attack that police say was spurred by a spilled drink during the early morning hours of April 6.

O&#';Neill, who has been held in jail since his arrest, faces up to 18½ to 33 years in state prison if he is convicted by a jury of the manslaughter charge. The first-degree assault charge carries an enhanced prison term of 11 to 22 years, according to indictments.

Krantz was attacked from behind on a basement-level dance floor around 12:43 a.m. on April 6, police said.

An employee at The Page later told police O&#';Neill said he waited until nearly the end of closing time to hit Krantz because he didn&#';t want to ruin his own night. Krantz reportedly spilled a drink on O&#';Neill earlier in the night, police said.

Krantz went home after being hit, and was found dead in his Dover apartment hours later.

O&#';Neill was charged with first-degree assault and apprehended by state police in Rochester once he was identified as a suspect a few days later.

Earlier this month, the state Medical Examiner&#';s Office ruled that Krantz&#'; death was a homicide. Krantz died from an acute epidural hematoma that occurred as a result of his skull being fractured, prosecutors said.

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams announced the upgraded charges against O&#';Neill on Wednesday.

The Page closed its doors permanently June 21 when the city filed a petition with the state Liquor Commission to terminate the bar&#';s liquor license.jkimble@newstote.com


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