An assault case in New York has been upgraded into homicide after the elderly victim of a vicious punch to the face died months after an alleged attack by Richard Springer, 29, outside of a Queens deli. Eve Gentillon of Jamaica died Saturday, four months after the assault.
She allegedly saw Springer fighting with a deli employee. Springer had been discovered trying to steal beer and Gentillon told him to stop hitting the employee. He responded by punching her in the face, causing her to hit the pavement and suffer a head injury.
Springer was charged with robbery and assault in the case and was ordered to undergo a mental health exam.
Now the medical examiner has concluded that the cause of death was complications from traumatic brain injury from blunt impacts. That makes the assault a homicide. It does not matter that another person might have survived the blow. You take your victim as you find her when you spontaneously attack a victim for merely objecting to a beating of another person.