But only year in jail
- Last Updated: 3:33 AM, May 9, 2012
- Posted: 3:08 AM, May 9, 2012
He punched a 4-foot-11 Manhattan woman into a coma, leaving her with lasting brain injuries — over a parking spot! — but now a muscular electrician will face at most a year in jail because a jury acquitted him yesterday of felony assault.
Oscar Fuller, a Queens man with a record of assault, was convicted of only misdemeanor assault for the literal knockout blow he landed on the face of petite Lana Rosas, 25, as the two argued nose-to-nose over an East 14th Street parking spot in February 2011.
It was a punch that witnesses said sent Rosas off her feet and crashing to the pavement. She was in a coma for nine days.
She continues to struggle with brain injuries, unable to work or drive, and her life revolves around her therapy sessions, her mother, Angie Harrison, has told The Post.
Fuller had been described by witnesses at both trials as twisting his body back in winding up for his punch.
He has maintained that while he did strike Rosas, he never could have foreseen that the punch would cause such serious physical injury.
To convict Fuller of felony assault, jurors would have had to find that he intended to cause serious physical injury. The standard for a misdemeanor assault conviction is lower — jurors had to find only that he intended to cause physical injury.