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Jury Convicts Man In Stabbing Death

September 3, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man who was accidentally hit by a ball during a game of catch and who then fatally stabbed another man with a broken bottle has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours Tuesday before returning the verdict against Paul Vasquez, 21, said Tom McCarthy, a spokesman for District Attorney John Santucci.

Cameron Crawley, 25, was watching his son and a nephew playing catch March 31 when one of the boys missed the ball and it hit Vasquez.

Prosecutors said Vasquez threw the ball over a fence in anger and Crawley confronted him, then Vasquez got an empty beer bottle from a garbage can, broke it and stabbed Crawley.

Vasquez surrendered to police April 3. He faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing Sept. 23.

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