Man guilty of negligent homicide for punching, killing Rochester drummer in 2016
DOVER — A Barnstead man has been found guilty of negligent homicide in the death of a Seacoast drummer outside of a Rochester bar in January 2016.
A jury on Wednesday found Eric Langlais, 41, of Barnstead, guilty of felony negligent homicide in the death of Bang N James drummer James Unfonak, of Rochester.
Langlais was found not guilty on charges of manslaughter and riot.
Unfonak died after being punched by Langlais outside Gary's Sports Bar in Rochester on Jan. 31, 2016.
Langlais had been asked to leave the bar after a verbal altercation with Unfonak and allegedly said he wanted a "piece" of Unfonak.
Unfonak was escorted to his car by the club bouncer, but was waylaid by Langlais, who punched Unfonak in the face as he was getting into his vehicle, leading him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.
The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office called Unfonak’s death a homicide due to blunt force head injuries.
A sentencing date for Langlais has not been set.