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Fatal Punch During Poker Tournament

Tags: James A.Walsh, poker fight, prison, sucker punch, Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.
Posted on 04 December 2014 by "T".

During a Texas Hold 'em tournament at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Southbridge on the night of March 16, 2012, a Massachusetts man "sucker punched" a 45-year-old man, who he believed had insulted his girlfriend, in the face so he fell to the floor. The victim, Daniel McDonald, suffered brain and skill injures when his head hit the concrete floor, and he died in the hospital 8 days later.

On Wednesday, James A.Walsh, 41, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in court. Telegram.com wrote the following about Wednesday's court proceedings: "Mr. Walsh occasionally wiped his eyes with a tissue as Mr. Reidy [the Assistant District Attorney] read impact statements written by Mr. McDonald's family and former co-workers at Hyde Tool in Southbridge, where he had been employed for the last 25 years. His son, Devin McDonald, said in his statement that he lost not only a father, but also a "best friend and confidant" when Mr. McDonald succumbed to his injuries."

James A.Walsh will be sentencted next month. He could face up to 20 years behind bars in state prison.

source: telegram.com


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18 comments on "Fatal Punch During Poker Tournament"


 klash2304/12/2014 15:14:50 GMT
A very unfortunate case for everyone involved,it is doubtful that he had meant to do any serious damage but now has to live with the consequences for a pretty stupid rush of blood to the head.Up to 20 years in prison for one second of madness.
I see no details of anything to do with poker in the story though.
 mahdrof04/12/2014 15:31:38 GMT
Very sad, everyone loses. I will say this though, you never know what someone is capable of or what concealed weapon he is carrying, and if you are not careful you can find yourself in more trouble than you expected. Years ago one of the regs in our bar league was an MMA fighter and you sure didn't want to get on his bad side. Sometimes you are better to just shut your mouth and mind your own business.
 TheMachineQC04/12/2014 16:54:59 GMT
Ouch, an impulse can basically destroy your whole life.

Everytime I watch a fighting video on youtube or facebook and I see people fighting on concrete or in the street, with grass 10 feet away, I think "god these guys are dumb".

Getting KOed by a punch on the chin is usually a lot less dangerous than slamming the back of your head on concrete while unconscious, with all your weight behind it... So people, please, if you're gonna fight, do it where the ground isnt as hard as a rock, don't be dumber than you already are for fighting the first place Blink
 xgcsnippy04/12/2014 18:14:23 GMT
Ill just kick you in the nuts, no punching involved!!!

Call me a pussy, so be it but no one hits their head or anything.

You might not beable to produce kids again but not my issue if you mess with me!
 leno104/12/2014 19:11:22 GMT
In my opinion this is a very unfortunate case, but it has nothing to do with the Poker Tournament. I mean this could have happened anywhere and it does happen more often in other situations than in Poker Tournaments.
 xgcsnippy04/12/2014 20:09:26 GMT
Yea its Called Hockey, happens all the time!!!

 bowie198404/12/2014 22:33:48 GMT
During a Texas Hold 'em tournament at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Southbridge on the night of March 16, 2012, a Massachusetts man "sucker punched" a 45-year-old man, who he believed had insulted his girlfriend, in the face so he fell to the floor.

I was suckerpunched once after a football game by a half-handed skinhead. I survived though.
 Kaspa5405/12/2014 09:48:57 GMT
its just not right...
 klash2305/12/2014 12:33:24 GMT
Defending his girlfriends' honour by sucker punching a 45 year old man in the face is hardly something to be proud of in the first place.If that was my husband or partner I would be disgusted with such a coward and he would have lost more than his money that night. Smile

Don't know if this is a Hungarian term but does anyone know what a "half handed skinhead" is? Smile
 Tony_MON7ANA05/12/2014 13:26:54 GMT
I believe his girlfriend at that time Mr. Walsh the defendant "mistakenly believed the victim had directed an insulting remark towards" has left him because of this horrific incident.
20 years in prison, huh?

 doubletop77706/12/2014 09:09:11 GMT
What a tragic case this is. Violence is never the answer to anything in my opinion and this was a needless loss of life. Should just have walked away and nobody would have had their lives shattered
 bowie198406/12/2014 23:16:35 GMT
Don't know if this is a Hungarian term but does anyone know what a "half handed skinhead" is?

It's a skinhead who only has a left hand on his torso. Kinda like Jamie Lannister but with less SWAG.
 SLuiz07/12/2014 10:27:12 GMT
This isn't the way to solve inconveniences. Imagine whole world doing like that, how many sons with no father we could have.
 holzkopf1330/12/2014 08:30:21 GMT
needless to say anything.
 bowie198416/08/2015 00:22:07 GMT
More and more news brokes out about poker games which ending up badly - violent outbursts and brawls, hecklers and druken stupors - seems to me these kinda behavior will turn more people onto playing online instead risking meeting somebody with anger issues at the tables...
 Buva1316/08/2015 00:41:27 GMT
And the real question is why? Why to hit a 45 year old man. What did he get from that - only more trouble and now seems couple of months or years in jail. I wouldnt even take a girlfriend to a poker play "go do ur nails, make me a stone cold lasaggnas and cake hard as stone while i come back, or go out whit ur friends or just watch tv" . He coulded just grab the 45 year old man by the jaket and say - dont u ever say that to my girlfriend again - go Vin (dizel) Weasel on him. Damn it. Well one thing is sure - its a crazy world out there - everywhere.

 bowie198417/08/2015 00:30:25 GMT
Posted by Buva13:
He coulded just grab the 45 year old man by the jaket and say - dont u ever say that to my girlfriend again - go Vin (dizel) Weasel on him. Damn it. Well one thing is sure - its a crazy world out there - everywhere.

I guess as soon as he got up the adrenalin burst into his brain and he did not have real control over his rage so instead playing it cool and just threaten the guy, he hit first and asked later. Sad story tbh.

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