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Suspect in Fatal Basketball Game Assault Arrested

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Police have arrested a suspect in the assault at a Bristol park that killed an 18-year old Bristol man last year.

Police said Johnnie Vail, 23, is suspected of punching Jesus Vega, 18, during an unprovoked attack while playing basketball at Bracket Park on May 22.

Police said the punch knocked Vega unconscious at Bracket Park and his friends carried him to 40 Orchard Street.

When police arrived at 9:29 p.m., Vail was unresponsive.

Vega was initially transported to Bristol Hospital, where doctors determined that he was suffering from bleeding in the brain, police said.

He was then transported to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery, but never regained consciousness.

He died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center on May 28.

Vail, who is being held at the Cheshire Correctional Facility on unrelated charges, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

He was processed and held for court on a $100,000.00 cash bond with an arraignment scheduled for April 17.

Vega's sisterm Brittany, said her brother's organs were donated and his heart went to Colby Salerno, a Chester man with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, who had been in the hospital waiting for a new heart.


 



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