THE BRONX (PIX11) – A hulking Bronx man was indicted Wednesday for punching his downstairs neighbor to death, because the suspect—Gjok Deda–thought the elderly man had backed out of his parking space too close to Deda and his daughters.
The 6-feet-3-inch Deda, who is 40, was accused of repeatedly punching 68-year-old Ronald Antonucci in the parking lot of their Bronx apartment building on March 19th, 2015.
Deda, who weighs 220 pounds, towered over the older Antonucci, who was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed only 156 pounds.
Antonucci died shortly after, and when the medical examiner ruled Antonucci was killed from multiple, blunt force trauma to the head, Bronx District Attorney, Robert Johnson, was able to present the case to a grand jury.
Deda lived in the same building as Antonucci at 1110 Stadium Avenue in the Country Club section of the Bronx.
He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to Manslaughter 1st degree, when he faced Judge George Villegas in Bronx Supreme Court.
If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
Deda is a native of Albania, and he also faces deportation, if he’s convicted and does prison time.