REPORT: Man Gets 10 Years for Killing Woman With 1 Punch


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A man who punched a woman once, killing her after they clashed inside a Northern Virginia convenience store, has been sentenced to spend the next decade behind bars.

Robert Coleman was sentenced Thursday to spend 10 years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for killing Fidelia Montiel-Benitez, a stranger, in July 2017.

The victim’s 15-year-old daughter spoke at the sentencing hearing Thursday. “I went through Mother’s Day without her, and I’m going to go to my 16th birthday without her. That’s not fair to a daughter,” she said, starting to cry.

The article goes on to state the following:

Coleman’s aunt, Mika Irby, said her nephew should have been charged with manslaughter, not second-degree murder.

“I feel sorry for someone for losing their mom, but also we are losing a nephew,” she said outside the courthouse after Clark imposed the sentence.

Coleman has an 8-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.

His lawyer, Robert Jenkins, will appeal the verdict, arguing that Montiel-Benitez’s death was a horrible accident and that Coleman should have been charged with manslaughter.

“He never had any thought that he was going to take someone’s life,” Jenkins said outside the courthouse.

Montiel-Benitez, 39, died after Coleman punched her once outside the 7-Eleven store in the 4900 block of Seminary Road in Alexandria.

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