According to Philly.com, Dennis Veteri, the Philadelphia Flyers fan arrested for cheap-shoting a Rangers fan (Neal Auricchio Jr., 30, an off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., police officer) outside South Philly’s Geno’s Steaks after the Jan. 2 “Winter Classic,” has pleaded guilty to aggravated and simple assault and conspiracy.
The aggravated assault charge is graded as a first-degree felony, which under state law carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.
Veteri remains free on $250,000 bail pending sentencing on Oct. 26.
…20-years of running from Bogs and “The Sisters” in prison? Sounds fair to me.
So justice has been served, in part. Auricchio’s attorney’s are reportedly going to pursue a civil suit against Veteri so there is still more to this. But it’s good to know that this clown will be put in the sin bin for a while. The aggravated assault charge is a first-degree felony, meaning that it will stay on his record permanently and he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years (though he’ll likely get less than that).
Sickens me still to this day when I read about this incident. Woodbridge, NJ is right in my backyard and I hope Auricchio is doing better. I’m sure Veteri is remorseful about what he did: If he isn’t then he isn’t human. But this shows once again how alcohol and sports can sometimes make a volatile combo.
H/T to Puck Daddy and reader Dan W.