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 firstname.lastname@example.org