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Fenton Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Holly Bar Death

Police say Evan James Wells punched Highland's Ronald Smith, who fell and hit his head on the cement at a Holly bar and died three days later.

Fenton resident Evan James Wells has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in Oakland County Circuit Court and also to being a Habitual Fourth Offender.

Sentencing will take place at Oakland County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. Wells is held at Oakland County Jail pending sentencing.

Police responded to a call from Martini’s Bar & Grill in the Village of Holly for an assault complaint on Friday, Oct. 12. Officers arrived and found a 43-year-old Highland man lying unconscious outside the bar, according to Holly police.

Rescue crews transported the victim, who police have identified as Ronald Smith, 43, of Highland, to Genesys Regional Medical Center, where he never regained consciousness and was according to police.

Police say Wells punched the victim in the face during an altercation, causing Smith to fall backward and slam his head on the cement, resulting in a severe brain injury.

arlene betty thatcher January 30, 2013 at 02:17 PM
This is what alcohol can do to a usually nice man..
arlene betty thatcher January 30, 2013 at 02:18 PM
THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU DRINK TO MUCH ALCOHOL EVEN TO A USUALLY NICE MAN.
Levi Wylde January 30, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Habitual Fourth Offender. Sounds like UNUSUALLY nice
Jen O'Brien Brock February 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM
You never know what will happen when you sucker punch someone! Hes a habitual offender so hes better off behind bars because he obviously cant make the right choices in life but in the end, no jail sentence can replace the life that was taken and he is the one that has to live in his own hell for killing another person!! Rest in Peace Ron you are loved and missed.....
Jen O'Brien Brock February 08, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Its very unsettling to find out that this man may only serve 4yrs for taking a life over his careless actions. I would like to know how this can even be an option as he's a habitual offender. Those who loved Ron are fighting diligently to have the maximum sentence imposed!!!

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