Man pleads guilty in NYC punch that led to a fall and death

November 22, 2019 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Irish man has pleaded guilty to assault for punching another man who fell and died outside a New York City bar.

Court records show Steven O’Brien pleaded guilty Thursday in the encounter that led to John McGee’s death last Thanksgiving. The 21-year-old McGee went by Danny and grew up in Ireland.

WPIX-TV reports the 26-year-old O’Brien apologized to McGee’s parents in a Queens courtroom Thursday.

Authorities said the two men argued and O’Brien punched McGee in the head. McGee fell and hit his head on the pavement.

He was found lying on the ground and was pronounced dead at a hospital

O’Brien is from Dublin. As a child, the American-born McGee moved to the Irish village of Drumlish.

WPIX says O’Brien is expected to get a six-month sentence.