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A single fatal punch brings guilty plea

A Lancaster man pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide for killing a man with one punch during a brawl on Aug. 14.

Sean Refermat, 29, of Broadway, entered a pre-indictment plea before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. His victim was James A. "Jay" Boundy Jr., 24, of Bowen Avenue, Lancaster.

The judge refused to give Refermat, who still faces parole violation hearings, a sentencing commitment. Prosecutor James F. Bargnesi said he will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark to recommend four years in prison. Sentencing is March 31.

Refermat has been jailed on parole-violation charges since the day of the fatal fight in the parking lot next to Lancaster Town Hall, off Central Avenue and Broadway. He had not been formally charged in the fatal fight.

Bargnesi said Boundy had gone to the parking lot to "rumble" in support of a friend who had agreed to a fistfight as a means of settling a dispute over a woman.

Refermat knocked out Boundy with a punch to the jaw. Boundy died hours later of blunt-force trauma, the result of his head hitting the pavement.

Lancaster police said none of the combatants who showed up for the fight was armed.

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