A 22-year-old Roseburg man that pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide Monday will serve up to two years in prison after punching a man who later died from his injuries in July.

Joshawa Cole River Delgado was arrested on July 27 and charged with second-degree manslaughter for the death of 46-year-old Mario Garcia.

Around 10:30 p.m. on July 27, the two men got into a fight outside of the Oakland Tavern.

Delgado said he went to the tavern to have a drink with a friend and went outside to show off his new car when he saw Garcia about a block away. Garcia called Delgado a “piece of shit,” according to court documents, causing Delgado to shout back, “if you don’t get out of here I’m going to punch you.”

Garcia didn’t leave and Delgado ran at him and punched him in the face, according to a police affidavit.

Garcia, who was allegedly intoxicated, fell backward onto the sidewalk and was knocked unconscious.

Delgado, who noticed Garcia’s injury, started giving him basic first aid until police arrived.

Police who responded to the scene said Garcia was gasping for air every 10 to 20 seconds, sweating profusely, had a lump above his right eye and was bleeding from a cut on the back of his head.

Garcia was taken to Mercy Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Two years in Jail? He will be out in one year and offered a good job somewhere. Killing a Mexican is no crime in Douglas County.

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