Flyers Fan Pleads Guilty in 'Winter Classic' Beating | Bob's Blitz

Flyers Fan Pleads Guilty in 'Winter Classic' Beating

Philadelphia Flyers fan Dennis Veteri has pleaded guilty in the beating of Woodbridge, NJ policeman and Purple Heart winning retired marine Neal Auricchio that occurred outside South Philly’s Geno’s Steaks after the Jan. 2 NHL Winter Classic.

The 32-year-old entered the guilty plea Tuesday before Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler. Veteri, a bricklayer from Glassboro in South Jersey, remains free on $250,000 bail pending sentencing on Oct. 26.

According to court documents, the guilty plea was not negotiated with the District Attorney’s office, which means there is no agreement on Veteri’s sentence. The aggravated assault charge is graded as a first-degree felony, which under state law carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.

Broad Street Hockey reports, "...two other men were involved in the beating but have yet to be brought to justice. If you have any further information, contact South Detectives at 215-686-3013. We'll keep you posted on this story in late October when Veteri learns his fate." adds:

According to testimony at a preliminary hearing in March, the incident began with a Flyer’s fan spraying window cleaner at two Rangers fans as they queued up outside Geno’s.

A group of Flyers fans laughed and yelled “Go back to New York,” testified Michael Janacko, who said he returned the banter in kind, calling “We’re going back to New York as soon as we get our cheesesteaks.”

It went downhill from there. Janacko said Veteri told him “You got a big mouth," knocked his Winter Classic cap to the ground and spat and stepped on it.

Janacko said he called Veteri a “scumbag for doing it,” and Veteri punched him to the ground where he was hit and kicked by two or three people. The assault left Janacko, 26, bruised and shaken and his friend Neal Auricchio Jr., 30, an off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., police officer, unconscious with a concussion, his face cut and swollen, and the bone around his left eye shattered.

Veteri was the only person arrested, in part because of cellphone video in which a man identified as Veteri and another unidentified man punch Auricchio as he tries to intervene in the arguing between Janacko and Veteri.

Auricchio underwent surgery to repair the fractured bone under his left eye.

8 months later and no one knows the identity of the 2 other thugs? Not buying that.

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