Now, I don't get into bar fights. I bruise easy. And squeal when hit. A lot. But one thing I've learned is that it's all fun and games until somebody grabs a pool cue. Looks like Richard Lee Thompson, 47, is new to that lesson.
Back on St. Patty's Day, seems Mr. Thompson had a bit of a tiff with one Steven Toole at the Breakers Bar in Lakewood. Something about a mis-delivered beer. Anyway, voices were raised, shoves exchanged, until, finally, Mr. Thompson whacked Mr. Toole with the aforementioned pool cue, killing him.
Thompson was picked up then released, as prosecutors dug into the assault. Now, with coroner's report firmly in hand showing that Toole kicked from blunt force trauma to the back of the skull, they've charged him with involuntary manslaughter. Four years at the outside if convicted.
Really, sometimes it's just better to walk away.