Manslaughter charge added in Springettsbury bar death
A York Township man accused of causing the death of a fellow bar patron last month by shoving him is no longer facing a felony charge.
Rudolph M. Bandjough, 31, had been charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault for the Jan. 10 death of Thomas "Tug" Reinoehl of Springettsbury Township.
But at his preliminary hearing Wednesday, prosecutors withdrew both those offenses and replaced them with a charge of involuntary manslaughter, graded as a first-degree misdemeanor.
Bandjough then waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the new charge, according to court records, meaning the case is headed for trial in York County Court. His formal court arraignment has been set for March 11, records state.
He remains free on $20,000 bail.
Reinoehl, 61, died of traumatic injuries to his head and neck, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
The allegations: The men were both at Barracuda's Seafood Pub, 2254 Industrial Drive, on Jan. 9.
While Bandjough was playing pool, Reinoehl either spoke briefly with Bandjough's fiancee or was simply standing near her, according to charging documents and witness accounts.
That prompted Bandjough to walk over to his fiancee and ask her if she wanted to play pool, police said, but she declined and Bandjough went back to his billiards game. Shortly afterward, Reinoehl headed toward the front of the bar, police said.
Bandjough walked up from behind and forcefully pushed Reinoehl, charging documents state. That happened about 9:50 p.m., police said.
Reinoehl fell forward, hit his head on a cash machine and immediately fell unconscious, documents state.
When officers arrived at the bar, they found the victim lying near the bar entrance with his head near the ATM machine, police said. Reinoehl was bleeding heavily from head lacerations and he was rushed to York Hospital, documents state.
Doctors could find no sign of brain activity in Reinoehl and determined he suffered a spinal neck injury, according to documents.
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