Skip to content

Man sentenced to house arrest for Winter Classic assault

Dec 14, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

Arrested

Dennis Veteri has been sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 months of house arrest for beating former Marine and off-duty officer Neal Auricchio Jr. following the 2012 Winter Classic, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report.

Veteri will also serve five years of probation following his house arrest.

“He’s a good man who had a bad day,” said defense attorney Michael DeFino. “He’s going to have to pay for this for the next seven years because his liberty is totally restricted.”

Veteri will still be allowed to go to work and attend drug and alcohol treatment classes. Otherwise, he’ll be confined to his house. He’ll also be moving to Philadelphia as a result of the sentence.

Auricchio reportedly suffered a concussion and additional injuries. He missed two months of work as a result.

Related:

Man pleads guilty after 2012 Winter Classic incident

Trial ordered for man accused of Winter Classic assault

Bail raised for man accused of Winter Classic assault

Man arrested in connection to Winter Classic assault of Rangers fan

  1. ron05342 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    If you really wanted to punish him, you should require him to sit in on a CBA meeting with just Bettman, D. Fehr, and about 10 lawyers.

    That would do it.

    • mustbechris - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      If they can’t come to a consensus, he can give them all concussions and additional injuries.

  2. kappy32 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I’m a criminal defense attorney & this is an extremely strict & harsh sentence for this guy. Under no circumstances do I justify his actions, however he had a fight, he punched someone in the face. First off, the original charge of aggravated assault was a trumped up charge. Felonious agg assault charges are normally reserved for instances where the defendant uses a weapon on the victim. Second, it was obvious that the defendant was intoxicated when he committed this act & in order for the people to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, they need to show this guy “intended to cause serious physical injury” to the victim. It is a general rule that in defending a case where intent is the mens rea, intoxication can be used to “negate intent.” Third, and finally, it was clear that the Court intended to make an example of this guy. With stadium violence being out of hand, the judge wasn’t going to let this guy off easily. Making matters worse for the defendant, the guy he assaulted is a police officer who was off-duty at the time. DA’s & other police officers tend to “look out for their own” in situations like this. Had this victim been some construction worker from NY, the indicted charge of aggravated assault (“The People could indict a ham sandwich” – Hon. Sol Wachtler) & the subsequent agreed upon disposition wouldn’t have been so severe. I have plead out actual agg assault cases, ones including weapons, for no jail time & 3 years probation. This guy got hosed, but he got hosed within the bounds of the law. Sucks for him & I hope he learned his lesson because if he violates his sentence in any way over the next 7 years, house arrest or probation, I can guarantee you that the judge is going to put him in the pokey for quite a while.

    • stakex - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      There are a few problems with that statement:

      1. In PA, felony aggravated assault does not require the use of a weapon. In fact, the use of a weapon is never mentioned in the PA aggrevated assault statute at all, felony or otherwise. Felony AA is the perfect charge when you read the PA statute.

      Source: http://law.onecle.com/pennsylvania/crimes-and-offenses/00.027.002.000.html

      2. To be clear, this was not a “fight”… it was an attack. The Flyers fans sucker punched the Rangers fan, and then hit him several times after he was out on the ground. After he got up and was clearly injured, he gets sucker punched a second time. I’ll say it again, thats not a “fight”. A fight is when you and I square off and engage in mutual combat.

      3. “Second, it was obvious that the defendant was intoxicated when he committed this act & in order for the people to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, they need to show this guy “intended to cause serious physical injury” to the victim.”

      There is a video of the attack, clearly showing a sucker punch followed by a brutal, though brief, beating of a defenseless victim. Then, after the Rangers fan gets up and is CLEARLY injured… he gets sucker punched in the head a second time. If thats not proof of intent to injure I have no idea what is.

      ————————————————————————————–

      Bottom line is this guys lucky hes not in jail for a couple years. This was a brutal attack, not a fight, and he deserves every bit of this sentence. I just hope you are a better attorney for real clients then you are on the internet… or I’m guessing you lose a lot of cases.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        stakex: Good counter and excellent analysis.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      Given that the guy came in from the side and leveled with a suckerpunch the victim who had just gotten up, standing clearly staggered, after getting beat by four guys while laying on the ground, I can’t muster a great amount of outrage for the sentence.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      Dearest Rattus Advocatus …

      Like your parasitic profession, your statement here amounts to nothing more than a whole lot of meaningless jibberish ! The bottom line is that an appropriate punishment would be for this individual to have exacted upon him the exact “same” trauma which he inflicted upon his victim. And if his bearded defense lawyer doesn’t like that, then he too should be beaten senseless. You leeches in your flowing robes and phoney titles are nothing more than vermin, who at the end of the day do positively “nothing” in terms of “value-adding” to the betterment of man. One day soon and God willing, the “heels of justice” will smash your rotten heads into the pavement, once and for all !

    • bcjim - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Gtfo. That beady-eyed dolt should have gotten more, not less.

  3. zetaone - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    “He’ll also be moving to Philadelphia as a result of the sentence.”

    Isn’t there something in the Constitution that prevents cruel and unusual punishment?

    Just kidding, I’m sure Philly is a wonderful city. It’s the people that live in and around it that are grade-A A-holes.

  4. orangeandblack67 - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Zetaone, yes Philadelphia is a wonderful city but your comments about my fellow citizens are a bit out of line. I am sure you would not walk down Broad St. running off at the mouth like you do from the safety of your computer.

    • zetaone - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks for proving my point for me. You see, in most normal towns, including where I live, we aren’t tight-laced and filled with unnecessary amounts of rage. We can say what we like, and people are generally polite towards each other.

      • delsj - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Neither of you proved anything other than that you are both trolls.

  5. wethog66 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    He looks like a “Jersey Shore” cast member. A male version of Snooki. He should of used the “I was just trying to beat the beat up and the guy got in the way” defense. It’s a legit defense excuse now in the greater Philly area. Probably could of knocked 3 years off the probation. Oh well at least he is forced to serve his house arrest inside Philly. LoL

  6. richieranger - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    It’s to bad a sporting event has turned into this…..it was a game……

  7. hotloinsofsid - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    krappy, give it up your no defense attorney u sound like an incompatant jackass. and good old trashadelphia folks never learn their lessons. what a scum bag city with scum bag morons. pittsburgh wannabes

  8. malkinrulez - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Well said blomfeld

    • mustbechris - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      How is “One day soon and God willing, the “heels of justice” will smash your rotten heads into the pavement, once and for all !” well-said? That sounds closer to something I’d hear in an Al Qaida video than something I’d hear from a rational thinker.

      • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        Mustbechris – You my friend will be invited to a feast where you will be offered a generous fare, laced with poisons … as you succumb to God’s will, you will then have stones and cedar logs hurled upon you ! :)

        Seriously man, don’t let these bearded parasites in their “flowing robes and fancy talk” ever fool you ! Lawyers by and large are driven by one purpose and one purpose only … to attain ever-greater personal wealth vis-a-vis the upset and suffering of others.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Malkinrules – thank you friend ! :)

  9. mustbechris - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Well, this inevitably got stupid really quick. I forgot that Philly was the only town in the country that has knuckleheads.

    SAT-type “if-then” question for you all. If everyone from Philly is a “grade A A-hole, and the guy who got beaten lives CLOSER TO PHILLY than the guy who beat him (although neither lives IN Philly, they both live in Jersey), then does that automatically make the victim more of an A-hole than the aggressor? Or do you just lack brains?

    • zetaone - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      I said “in and around” Philly. I include NJ in that mix too. Philadelphia fans aren’t voted #1 dbags of all sport cities year after year for no reason.

  10. malkinrulez - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Rational like a fan base that believes only Philly fans are allowed at their venues? Should u dare show up in another teams colors u can expect to get a beer bath, spit on , lit on fire , beaten. mustbechris you are right, what was I thinking,my apologies,clearly the penalties imposed on these hoodlums is changing the culture in Philly . People stop acting rational when friends and loved ones are attacked at a sporting event which was supposed to be fun. The majority of incidents are groups of more than 2 attacking their victim like a pack of hyenas. These Philly tough guys thrive on the pack.

  11. jpat2424 - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Moving to Philly is punishment enough. Dump

  12. ducksk - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Blom. Rant over the top. U don’t like lawyers. Leave it at that. There are good lawyers, bad ones, bad cops, good ones, a lot of good people and some bad ones. As for Philly, I’ve been to hockey games. And when my young sons teams scored we were greeted with swearing and a beer shower. To say filthy fans are generally filthy at thier events, everyone in all pro sports knows it and theirs fans seem to relish thier filthy reputation. Not all, but many.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Ducksk – You’re correct friend in that there’s exists “good and bad” with pretty much everything in life. However I do have a prejudice against lawyers, especially those who practice criminal defense for a living. By and large I view these people as nothing more than parasites who profit from other people’s sufferings and upsets. Despite their flowing robes and fancy talk, I’m seriously at loss in terms of how they actually value-add to the betterment of man ? In my opinion, I would argue that the “best” lawyers of all are the “everyday” men and women who go about their daily lives always doing the right thing. That to me is the true definition of a lawyer … not some bearded schmuck prancing around charging $2000 per hour who’s seeking personal gain through the misfortune of others !

  13. lordfletcher - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    “He’s a good man who had a bad day,” said defense attorney Michael DeFino. “He’s going to have to pay for this for the next seven years because his liberty is totally restricted.”

    Veteri will still be allowed to go to work and attend drug and alcohol treatment classes. Otherwise, he’ll be confined to his house. He’ll also be moving to Philadelphia as a result of the sentence.


    most would take this over years in jail…

    he got off easy for being a world class A-hole / POS

  14. orangeandblack67 - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I find it pretty funny that all this hate for my great city has come about due to an act committed by someone from New Jersey. And “Pittsburgh wannabes” what a crock.

    • id4joey - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      What does “my great city” mean? How is this city your?

  15. orangeandblack67 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    My city meaning my place of birth, my place of residence. Is that clear enough?

  16. orangeandblack67 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    What point? You seem to be judging an entire city on the basis of a few mishaps involving sports related violence. I am sure there are quite a few other places that have their share of similar incidents. You sound like your just riding the coat tails of those who like to vilify our fan base.

  17. orangeandblack67 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    And I don’t think that if I were to go to your town and speak ill about the people who live there I would be treated so politely.

    • hotloinsofsid - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      man do i feel bad for you having to be born and raised in the trashiest disgusting city of jerkoffs in the USA. you have my sympathys you really do…

  18. orangeandblack67 - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Really hotloins and your from where? Let me guess… Pittsburgh.

  19. fortwaynekomets - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    PHILTHY FAN TRASH.

  20. hotloinsofsid - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    have some respect for pittsburgh and refer to it as the city of champions

  21. orangeandblack67 - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Just like your lame city your obviously stuck in the past. More like the city of chumps.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. J. Quick (1388)
  2. B. Schenn (1138)
  3. N. Horton (1062)
  4. B. Bishop (1041)
  5. R. McDonagh (1017)