LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – A man sucker punched another man outside a nightclub and killed him. Now, the suspect is headed to prison.
The man, James Beach, 28, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years behind bars for fatally punching Luis Campos in the head after a confrontation as he waited in line to get into the Vanguard Lounge, a hot spot for locals and tourists in the popular Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, Fox News reports.
Police said that Beach walked up to Campos and words were exchanged and Beach punched the victim.
Fox reports that Campos was visiting from California for a bachelor party when the encounter unfolded on April 30, 2017. The father of five children never regained consciousness and died in a Vegas hospital four days later.
“It only took one punch. This is the last photo Luis Campos and his brothers took together before a deadly fight on Fremont Street.”
It only took one punch. This is the last photo Luis Campos and his brothers took together before a deadly fight on Fremont Street. pic.twitter.com/shbvVMB4XG
— Adam Herbets (@AdamHerbets) May 6, 2017
Defense attorneys for Beach tried to argue that the punch was thrown in self-defense, a tragic mistake.
A judge was not buying that characterization, though. Prosecutors highlighted video surveillance to make the case that the attack looked unprovoked.
“His hands are in his pockets,” prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo said of the video showing victim Luis Campos, “when Mr. Beach walks up to him, says something, and when the guy leans in he just throws a punch.”
Beach and a friend originally fled the scene and were apprehended later in the weekend thanks in large part to anonymous tips. Beach was charged with open murder.
Beach entered a guilty plea at the beginning of trial for voluntary manslaughter.