Criminal Law

Rhode Island Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Connection With Patriots Fan’s Death

One of two Rhode Island men charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct in connection with the death of a fan at a New England Patriots game pleaded not guilty Friday.

In a brief appearance at Wrentham District Court, John Vieira, 59, entered the plea over allegations he and Justin Mitchell, 39, punched Dale Mooney, of Newmarket, New Hampshire. Mooney, 53, was struck during an altercation at the Sept. 17 game, which ended in a 24-17 win by the visiting Miami Dolphins, investigators said. Mooney was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Criminal complaints filed in December said both Vieira and Mitchell, both of Warwick, Rhode Island, “did assault and beat Dale Mooney.”

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