Man to be sentenced after guilty plea in Farmington Hills deadly punch case

Dante Nederveld admits to throwing punch that killed Matthew Wegzyn


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – A man who threw a punch that killed a Farmington Hills man last year is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to charges.

[The sentencing was rescheduled for March 10]

Dante Manley-Ernest Nederveld pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and driving with a suspended license in connection with 52-year-old Matthew Wegzyn's death.

Police were called to the Flamingo mobile home park on Aug. 9, 2015, after Wegzyn confronted Nederveld about his erratic driving in the mobile home park -- where they both lived.

Police Officer Michael Nicholls testified during a preliminary hearing for Nederveld that he was talking to Wegzyn about what happened when Nederveld walke up to Wegzyn and "punched him right in the face" with a closed fist.

Wegzyn was hospitalized for several weeks before he died. His death was ruled a homicide by blunt-force trauma.

Nederveld's attorney said his client's action was justified.

"Police were called to the scene that night because my client was actually getting beaten up by the victim and the people that were with the victim," attorney Freddy Sakllah said. "It's sad what happened, but it's a fistfight that was started by the victim"

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