This story was left by reader Z:
A 38-year-old Plano man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for a sucker punch that killed another man who just happened to be picking up a pizza for dinner at the same time.
The victim had stopped at the Little Caesars Pizza restaurant on Park Road in Plano after work, ordered a pizza and waited inside.
James Gutierrez and his fiancé arrived a few minutes later and also ordered a pizza but decided to wait in their car.
Prosecutors said surveillance video showed the victim later walk out the restaurant with a pizza in hand. He puts it down on the hood of his truck as Gutierrez calls him over. Without any warning, Gutierrez punches him in the head with a closed fist.
Jurors heard testimony about Gutierrez gang affiliation and past criminal history including sex offenses before deciding his punishment. He was also accusing of assaulting his fiancé while out on bond awaiting trial.
One sucker punch and the victim died.
I didn’t see the video but I am almost positive that the victim lost consciousness when he was struck and fell over hitting his head on the concrete parking lot, possibly a curb or parking block. Usually that’s the part that’s fatal.
The lessons here are two fold:
Maintain your situational awareness so you don’t get sucker punched.
A bare fisted punch from a grown man can be fatal, we need to make the laws relating to self defense acknowledge that.