|Thomas Junta & Michael
Junta was convicted last week of manslaughter in the beating
death of Costin, after the two began fighting following a pee wee hockey
scrimage involving their sons.
Several young skaters, including the
men's sons, witnessed the fight between the 270-pound Junta and Costin, who was
an inch shorter and 114 pounds smaller.
Prosecutors say Costin died
after a savage beating, in which the force of repeated blows to the head and
neck severed an artery and caused brain damage. Junta says he landed only
"three off-balance" punches in an effort to defend himself.
has raised international attention, and has increased awareness of parental
behavior at children's sporting events. In any case, the lives of their
families will forever be changed because of their own stupidity.