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Ex-boxer charged with punching man onto tracks

September 3, 2014

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A former professional boxer charged with punching a man at a Brockton train station, knocking the victim onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train, has been held on $25,000 bail.

Daniel Sheehan of Carver was held after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday to charges of assault to murder and assault and battery.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Sheehan punched the 48-year-old victim on Saturday night, knocking the other man onto the tracks where he lay unconscious. Other people at the station jumped onto the tracks and waved their arms, getting the oncoming to train to stop about 100 feet from the victim.

Witnesses told police that both men appeared highly intoxicated.

Sheehan’s lawyer says his client denies the charges and described the incident as “just a fight.”

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