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Florida Dunkin' worker sentenced for fatal punch of customer

Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 14:39:10-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Dunkin’ employee pleaded guilty to felony battery for fatally punching a customer who repeatedly called him a racial slur.

A Tampa judge sentenced 27-year-old Corey Pujols on Monday to two years house arrest, an anger management course and 200 hours of community service.

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Prosecutors said Vonelle Cook was irate when he entered the Dunkin’ store last May and began yelling about customer service. Pujols, who is Black, asked coworkers to call police and told the 77-year-old to leave.

Cook repeatedly called him a racial slur and Pujols punched him. Cook fell and hit his head.