Fla. man to be sentenced for one-punch death of Roy man

Feb 14 2013 - 10:45am

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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2012 file photo shows Benjamin Gerard Hawkins during a preliminary hearing in District Court in Las Vegas. Hawkins is due for sentencing Thursday Feb. 14,2013 in Las Vegas following his November conviction in the death of 46-year-old John Massie. The former high school football coach and teacher from Gainesville, Fla., could face prison time for involuntary manslaughter in the one-punch death of a Utah man at a Las Vegas casino. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, File)
FILE - This Feb. 28, 2012 file photo shows Benjamin Gerard Hawkins during a preliminary hearing in District Court in Las Vegas. Hawkins is due for sentencing Thursday Feb. 14,2013 in Las Vegas following his November conviction in the death of 46-year-old John Massie. The former high school football coach and teacher from Gainesville, Fla., could face prison time for involuntary manslaughter in the one-punch death of a Utah man at a Las Vegas casino. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, File)

 

LAS VEGAS -- A former high school football coach and teacher from Gainesville, Fla., could face prison time for involuntary manslaughter in the one-punch death of a Utah man at a Las Vegas casino.

Benjamin Gerard Hawkins is due for sentencing Thursday in Las Vegas following his November conviction in the death of 46-year-old John Massie of Roy, Utah.

Defense lawyer Jack Buchanan says he'll seek probation.

Hawkins is 39. He testified Massie derided him with racial comments in a men's restroom at O'Shea's Casino in July 2011, and approached him again after they walked separately to the gaming floor.

Prosecutor Maria Lavell is expected seek one to four years in prison for the felony conviction.

Several Massie family members are scheduled to speak during sentencing before Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair.

 

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