HOUSTON Jurors in Harris County have convicted a man of misdemeanor assault for punching a high school soccer coach who later died after his head hit the pavement.

The Houston Chronicle reports Ronald Newman was found guilty Monday in the January 2011 attack on Stratford High s Christopher Matthews. The 53-year-old Newman was sentenced to one year in jail.

Matthews, the girls soccer coach, had been celebrating a victory at a restaurant with friends, colleagues and his wife. He was walking the mother of one of the team members to her car when that woman s husband, Newman, confronted him.Newman punched the 33-year-old Matthews, who died at the hospital days after losing consciousness.

Newman s wife had requested a restraining order against him in 2002 after a family violence incident.
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