Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Basketball coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed tourist

Basketball coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed tourist

Jamill Jones, 35, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Sandor Szabo, of Boca Raton, Florida.

A Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach has been charged in the death of a Florida man killed while visiting New York City for a wedding. Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where on Tuesday he died from his injuries.

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. last Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and smash his head on the sidewalk, police said. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.


The two men got into a confrontation early Sunday in the borough of Queens, and Jones allegedly struck Szabo in the face, according to the New York Police Department. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter". "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family". The blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards, hitting his head on the concrete. He was placed on life support and later died. He appeared in court in New York City on Thursday and faces a third degree assault charge.

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest.

Jones, 35, is a Philadelphia native who played college basketball at Arkansas Tech. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding. "We are going to miss him dearly".

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