NEW YORK (PIX11) – “I am so happy with the verdict, I am an innocent man,” said Robert Roll.
Roll walked out of Nassau County Criminal Court Thursday a free man, not guilty on charges of third-degree assault.
Roll was the only man charged in a fatal bar brawl that left former Levittown firefighter Keith Satriana dead back in October 2012.
Satriana’s death was ruled a homicide, but none of the people involved in the fight — including a woman — were charged with murder, manslaughter or felony assault
Satriana died 17 days after the fight as a result of brain injuries. Roll, 30, was charged with third-degree assault — a misdemeanor — for allegedly punching Keith Satriana in the head outside Shooters Tiki & Sports Bar in Wantagh.
Court records show the witnesses of the fight changed their story and surveillance video from outside of the bar shows a bartender pushing Satriana. Plus the woman involved testified she kicked Satriana several times. The inconsistent evidence forced prosecutors to only go with the lesser charge against Roll.
Roll’s attorney, Phil Solanges said, “We went to trial because we believe in this justice system and all of the evidence show self defense, my client has maintained his was innocent since day one.”
Satriana also had a blood alcohol level of .24 percent and drugs in his system. His family is devastated, they say someone should be held accountable for Satriana’s death. The family filed a civil case against the bar and against Roll.