Death at Page Restaurant brings prison sentence
O'Neill is expected to receive a 10 ½ to 22 year prison term when he appears for sentencing on Jan. 23.
O'Neill could have faced up to 18 ½ to 33 years in state prison had he been convicted by a jury of the manslaughter charge. The first-degree assault charge also carried an enhanced prison term of 11 to 22 years, according to indictments.
Krantz was attacked from behind on a basement-level dance floor around 12:43 a.m., police said. O'Neill went after Krantz for accidentally spilling a drink on him earlier in the night, according to prosecutors. He was free on bail in another case at the time of the attack, prosecutors said.
An employee at The Page told police that O'Neill said he waited until nearly the end of closing time to hit Krantz because he didn't want to ruin his own night. Krantz reportedly spilled a drink on O'Neill earlier in the night, police said.
The Page closed its doors permanently on June 21 once the city filed a petition with the state Liquor Commission to terminate the bar's liquor license.