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Former Pittsburgh man dead after NY bar fight over mask wearing

WEST SENECA, N.Y. — A former Pittsburgh man who confronted another patron at a bar for not wearing a mask and was shoved to the ground has died.

Prosecutors say Rocco Sapienza was 80-years-old when he confronted Donald Lewinski at a bar in West Seneca, outside of Buffalo, because he was not wearing a mask. The Erie County district attorney says 65-year-old Lewinski then shoved Sapienza, who fell and struck his head.

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Sapienza died on October 1 after being treated for several days.

Lewinski is scheduled to be charged with criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday. An attorney for Lewinski said he will plead not guilty and called Sapienza’s death a tragedy.

According to Sapienza’s obituary, he was from the Pittsburgh area. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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