The family and friends of a Levittown firefighter that was killed in a Wantagh bar fight in October of 2012 are calling on the Nassau district attorney's office to file more serious charges against his alleged attacker, Newsday reported.
Robert Roll, 30, of Baldwin, was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly punching Keith Satriana in the face outside of Shooters Tiki & Sports Bar in Wantagh on Oct. 27. Satriana then fell and hit his head on the pavement, and he lapsed into a coma and died later from his injuries, according to records.
Roll was not arrested until a month after the incident. From Newsday:
"The delay in arresting Roll was partially a result of multiple witnesses at the bar initially telling police there was no fight -- and that Satriana had simply fallen and hit his head, the sources said.
Later, several witnesses changed their stories, telling investigators Satriana had instigated a fight with Roll inside the bar before the younger man punched him outside, the sources said.
At least one witness also claimed Roll had repeatedly kicked Satriana in the head after he fell, the sources said."
Satriana's death was ruled a homicide but no murder or manslaughter charges where filed. The incident is the only homicide in 2012 investigated by Nassau or Suffolk police that did not result in one of those charges, according to Newsday.
Prosecutors said that they have not closed the door on upgrading charges against Roll. If convicted of third degree assault, Roll faces a maximum of three years probation and a year in jail.