Panthers Fan Arrested After Viral Video Of His Assaulting 62-Year-Old Man

download-3download-2Kyle Adam Maraghy has been arrested after a viral videotape shows him beating a 62-year-old man who simply asked him to sit down at the recent Panthers-Philadelphia game.  Maraghy and his girlfriend represent the worst of fans today at stadiums. As we have previously discussed, I do not go with my family to football games because of all of the loud and obnoxious drunks in the stands.  In this case, however, Maraghy, 26, is facing jail time for his unprovoked and brutal assault, though not nearly as much as he should be facing.

Maraghy was reportedly standing and being obnoxious when the victim asked him repeatedly to sit down and stop acting like a “jerk.”  Maraghy, wearing a Panthers jersey, turned and beat the man — as the girl verbally assaults him.  They then fled the stadium.

The good news is that the Panthers helped identify Maraghy and Panthers Executive Director of Risk Management Lance Emory said that “The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.” Maraghy therefore might be barred from the stadium despite his Panthers tattoo reading “Keep Pounding.”

What is notable is how unruly the girlfriend is during the assault.  It does not appear the police are considering a public disturbance or similar charge against the woman.

Maraghy graduated high school in 2009 and attended Mitchell Community College.  He has a criminal record including violent crimes. In 2011, he was arrested for possession of LSD.  In 2013, he was charged with assault and battery as well as a later arrest for assault.  Then in 2015, he was charged with reckless driving.

Maraghy’s criminal record could prove important.  The problem for prosecutors is that the attack is not likely to be found to constitute “serious bodily injury” for the purposes of a felony charge.  This criteria is defined in § 14-32.4

“as bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death, or that causes serious permanent disfigurement, coma, a permanent or protracted condition that causes extreme pain, or permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or that results in prolonged hospitalization.”

Disorderly conduct is also treated as a misdemeanor in line with assault and battery.

The assumption is that the injuries to the victim will be deemed minor.  If that is the case, the charge in North Carolina will usually be a Class 2  with a likelihood of probation and a sentence from one to 30 days in jail. However, that sentence is doubled to 60 days for someone with a record with a fine of up to $1,000.  That still strikes me as remarkably light for such an unprovoked assault.

An effort to upgrade the charge to a Class 1 assault and battery would still result in a misdemeanor charge but would allow a longer sentence.  Since no weapon was used, the focus would be on whether the injuries were serious. This usually means injuries required medical attention, which could conceivably apply.  A Class A1 misdemeanor is punishable by probation, supervised probation, or a jail sentence of one to 60 days. However, a prior record allows a sentence of up to 150 days.  Again, that seems a tad light.

 

What do you think?

 

 

73 thoughts on “Panthers Fan Arrested After Viral Video Of His Assaulting 62-Year-Old Man

  1. I thought we have an over-incarceration problem. There is no realistic chance that guys like this will serve anything more than nominal time behind bars. Until we stop worrying about how many people are in jail and start worrying more about whether and how the criminal justice system can accomplish reasonable goals, thugs gonna walk.

  2. I used to be an NFL season ticket holder, and this kind of behavior has become all too typical (part of the reason why I don’t patronize the games anymore). But the players who won’t stand up for the stupid anthem are the problem. Give me a break.

    • The players, who don’t have the decency to stand for the anthem aren’t THE problem, they are just one more SYMPTOM of the problem, just like unruly, violent and wild patrons are a SYMPTOM of the problem. Not such a difficult concept to wrap your mind around. There was a time when fans, regardless of their devotion and undying enthusiasm for the game, never resorted to brawling in the stands or behaving like wild animals, unleashed, in a coliseum. Yes, there was a time when a certain level of decorum was expected AND required at these events. It hasn’t always been such an uncontrollable environment, where, people, such as yourself, were no longer willing to buy tickets out of fear of being in close proximity to those who could only be described as uncivilized barbarians. The reasons for this change in behavior, found at sporting events, are varied, but, it is undeniable–there is a palpable shift in what transpires in the stands. This hasn’t, however, occurred in a vacuum. The atmosphere, on the field, has morphed and changed, as well. There was a time when players comprehended their place and role on the field and wouldn’t have dreamed of showing their utter lack of decency by refusing to stand for the flag and the anthem. Unlike what you claim, they, like the unruly patrons, are symptoms of a society where individuals feel no requirement to uphold any standards, rules or a basic level of decency. Yes, there was a time, when the mindless pieces of beef, on the field, understood their place in the game as nothing more than employees of a company, where their misguided and unpatriotic antics were unacceptable.

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