Archive for Monday, July 10, 2000

Manslaughter charge filed in fatal fight at hockey rink

July 10, 2000


— A man accused of a beating another father at a youth hockey game has been charged with manslaughter.

Middlesex County Dist. Atty. Martha Coakley said Sunday investigators have obtained a complaint and arrest warrant for Thomas Junta, 42, in the death of 40-year-old Michael Costin.

Junta allegedly beat Costin unconscious on Wednesday in a dispute over rough play in a youth hockey game, and Costin died Friday.

Costin had been out on the ice with a group of youngsters, all about 10 years old, including his three sons and Junta's son. The hockey game was supposed to be noncontact, but police say Junta got agitated when things got rough and some of the players engaged in checking.

Junta and Costin began arguing with each other, and a rink manager threw Junta out, but Junta returned, police said.

Junta, who police say is 6-foot-1 and weighs 275 pounds, knocked the 6-foot, 150-pound Costin to the floor and punched him in the head, police said. Another adult broke up the fight, but Costin was unconscious

Coakley said Junta had notified authorities on Friday that he was leaving for a vacation. She said Junta had been cooperative so far and she expected him to turn himself in, but would not comment on his whereabouts.

An arraignment was tentatively scheduled for today at Woburn District Court.

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