Charges To Stand In Deadly Party Game Case?

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — A Will County judge is set to decide Tuesday whether felony reckless conduct and battery charges will be dismissed against a young man and woman, who were charged after a bet on a party game led to man’s death.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, at a party in Crest Hill on Sept. 25 of last year, Jimmy Mounts, 27, of Romeoville started offering other guests $5 if they could take a punch from 21-year-old Tiffany Startz, of Joliet.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports

John A. Powell, 25, who was 5-foot-8 and weighed 140 pounds, took Mounts’ wager and stood before the 5-foot-5, 142-pound Startz, police said.

Witnesses told police Startz swung and hit Powell once in the face. He collected his money from Mounts and continued talking and interacting with others for a few minutes before he collapsed, police said.

He was rushed to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 9:47 p.m.

Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil said Powell died of a brain hemorrhage caused by blunt-force trauma. Medical reports indicate a vein in Powell’s neck opened up when his head snapped back and led to the brain injury.

The Joliet Herald-New contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • You're a Doushe

    This coming from a man dubbing himself “Pothead”.

    He didn’t think he was going to die from taking a hit from a girl, you dip$hit.

    • Pothead

      Read the story , she was bigger then him. Also what you are trying to spell is D-O-U-C-H-E . You’re just as dumb as him.

  • geosqt

    Really…$5.00??? Jail time…what will they convict them on? Stupidity? After all, the poor s.o.b. accepted the challenge and got what he asked for – and he was even paid for it.

    If someone just walked up and punched him – without his consent – then they’d be repsonsible for his death. What a bunch of useless imbeciles!

  • dj

    They are responsible for his death. They did not call the police or anyone else right away. They waited until all minors were out of the building and they could get their story straight. So, yes they should be charged because they didn’t tell the truth and they lied.

  • Gee-reg

    Just can’t wait for Crook county to prosecute the man (Daley’s nephew) for punching and killing another man when he was not expecting it. OOOPS wait I forgot this is Crook county they never prosecute politicians or their relatives.

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