- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A man has been acquitted of assaulting a volunteer Long Island firefighter who later died.

Robert Roll, of Baldwin, had faced a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.

His lawyer said the verdict Thursday confirmed that Roll had acted in self-defense.

The men got involved in a fight outside Shooters Tiki & Sports Bar in Wantagh in October 2012.

Authorities say Keith Satriana, a Levittown volunteer firefighter, went into a coma and died 17 days later from brain injuries.

Satriana’s family had urged prosecutors to file more serious charges. But the Nassau County district attorney’s office said after the verdict that the case was closed.

Newsday (https://bit.ly/1n2sGkx ) says Satriana’s wife will try to get justice through a wrongful-death lawsuit she has filed.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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