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11/22/2013 5:31:00 AM
No deal for convicted brawler

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

A La Salle man once imprisoned for a fatal bar fight may be headed back to prison now that talks with prosecutors have apparently fallen apart.

Bryan R. Tomaseski, 29, of 1596 Linden Ave. was ordered Thursday to appear for full sentencing hearing Jan. 9 before Judge Daniel Bute. Tomaseski could face up to 10 years, but with the possibility of probation and jail time, for two counts of felony battery.

Tomaseski had entered a blind plea on Nov. 4. However, attorneys told Bute they were negotiating and could have an agreed sentence to be presented Thursday. When Thursday arrived, however, Tomaseski left the courthouse without a deal and now takes his chances before Bute after the holidays.

Attorneys declined comment on the negotiations.

Tomaseski was charged following a Dec. 16 incident at Jake’s Pour House in La Salle, during which a man said Tomaseski punched him in the head, knocking the man off his bar stool, and then fled the scene in his truck. A witness corroborated the victim’s story.

The victim was not seriously hurt. However, Tomaseski’s charge was elevated to a felony because the punch was delivered in a public place and because Tomaseski was sentenced to 3 years in prison for the 2007 killing of 25-year-old Andrew Sibley in a fight outside a La Salle tavern.

Tomaseski was not, however, on parole at the time of the Dec. 16 fight in La Salle.

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