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Sentencing for gang assault

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Jul 25, 2013.

Donnell Coleman, the man convicted in March of first-degree gang assault, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday.

According to court testimony, on Nov. 27, 2010, Coleman and eight to 10 others were inside a club in Forest Hills when the group punched and kicked the victim, Haroon Walfall, 33, of Rosedale, repeatedly about the face, head and torso.

It was said that the altercation started over a womanl.

Walfall, who had an enlarged heart, sustained bruising, swelling, bleeding and lacerations to his face and neck.

He subsequently died that morning from a heart attack.

“The defendant in this case showed no mercy to his victim when he led an attack on him, which resulted in his death,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “The sentence imposed is appropriate for such a vicious and senseless attack.”

According to the DA’s office, the eight or so individuals involved in the altercation were never apprehended.

— Tess McRae

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