Jamill Jones, 37, was convicted of third degree assault in February in connection with the death of Sandor Szabo of Boca Raton, Florida, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. As part of his sentence, Jones will serve three years of probation, perform 1,500 hours of community service and pay a fine of $ 1,000, Katz said.
The two clashed at around 1:40 a.m. on August 5, 2018 in the borough of Queens and Jones allegedly punched Szabo in the face, according to the New York Police Department.
According to trial testimony, Szabo was walking around the neighborhood after getting out of a carpool vehicle. He allegedly wandered to the back of Jones’ car and banged on the window before fleeing.
Jones got out of his car and chased Szabo, eventually catching up with him and punching him in the face, prosecutors said.
“It was a tragic incident that ended a man’s life and devastated his family, a violent confrontation that should never have happened,” Katz said. “Violence is never the solution to settle a dispute. ”
Jones’ attorney Christopher Renfroe told CNN he found Jones to be a great man and client.
“I wish him the best and hope the Szabo family can find some peace,” said Renfroe.
Jones resigned from Wake Forest in April 2019. He had been put on leave after the incident.