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January 23. 2014 3:08PM

Dover man gets up to 22 years for deadly attack over spilled drink


Joshua Krantz, 24, of Dover was found dead in his apartment with a fractured skull hours after police say he was assaulted at The Page bar and restaurant in Portsmouth (Courtesy)

BRENTWOOD - A Dover man will spend up to 22 years in state prison for delivering the punch that killed 24-year-old Joshua Krantz over a spilled drink inside a now-closed Portsmouth restaurant.

Judge Marguerite Wageling sentenced Zachary O'Neill, 24, to 10 to 22 years at a hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court this afternoon.

The sentencing came after O'Neill pleaded guilty last week to a manslaughter charge as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

“I wish I could go back and change what has happened, but unfortunately I can't,” O'Neill said as he stood before the court and apologized for his actions.

Authorities said Krantz was attacked from behind on a dance floor at The Page restaurant on April 6, 2013 after Krantz accidentally spilled a drink on him earlier in the night.

After the attack, Krantz returned to his Dover apartment, where he was found dead hours later. According to prosecutors, Krantz suffered a fractured skull in the attack and died from an acute epidural hematoma.

O'Neill, who prosecutor Patricia Conway said bragged about the attack in text messages after the beating, said he didn't expect forgiveness.

“I'm not going to insult anybody for asking for forgiveness,” he told the judge, who said he acted like a “bully” on the night of the attack and reacted in a “childish” manner after the drink was spilled.

Krantz's sister, Kristin Krantz, spoke tearfully as she recalled her brother and how his life was cut short.

“On April 6 of last year, not only myself and my family, but an entire community was robbed of an amazing person,” she said.

She said her brother had an impact on “everyone he met.”

“I miss him every day. There is a hole in my heart and it will never heal,” she said.

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