Man gets prison time for Springettsbury bar death

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • Police said victim Thomas "Tug" Reinoehl was shoved from behind by Rudolph Bandjough.
  • Reinoehl, 61, of Springettsbury Twp., died of head and neck trauma, according to the county coroner's office.
  • Bandjough pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of involuntary manslaughter.

A former York Township man has admitted causing the death of a fellow Springettsbury Township bar patron by shoving him and causing the man to hit his head.

Rudolph M. Bandjough, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the first-degree misdemeanor of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to a year minus a day to two years minus two days in York County Prison, plus three years of probation, and must report there on Friday, according to court records.

Presiding Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn also ordered Bandjough to perform 200 hours of community service, pay court costs and restitution, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, attend counseling as directed, and to stay away from Barracuda's Seafood Pub, court records state.

Rudolph Bandjough

Renn also ordered that once Bandjough is released, his probation and parole be transferred to Maryland.

Bandjough caused the Jan. 10 death of Thomas "Tug" Reinoehl, 61, of Springettsbury Township, police have said.

Reinoehl died of traumatic injuries to his head and neck, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

The allegations: The men were at Barracuda's, 2254 Industrial Drive, on Jan. 9.

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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, Springettsbury Township Police said.

'Forcefully' pushed: 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, court documents state.

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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 was rushed to York Hospital, documents state.

Doctors could find no sign of brain activity in Reinoehl and determined he had suffered a spinal neck injury, according to documents.

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