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UPDATE: WF man accused of throwing fatal blow at concert takes plea deal

Cervantes mugshot
Cervantes mugshot(Cass County Jail)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 1:14 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 11:14 AM CDT
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WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The man accused of throwing a fatal punch that killed a father of six has now pleaded guilty.

36-year-old Tomas Cervantes pleaded guilty Monday morning to felony manslaughter in the death of 53-year-old Roberto ‘Bobby’ Balboa. Documents show his second count of aggravated assault was dropped.

The alleged assault happened in the early morning hours on Aug. 21 when both Balboa and Cervantes were at a concert at the Speedway Events Center in West Fargo. Court documents say Balboa was pushed by someone and when he turned around to see who did it, he was struck in the face, knocked unconscious, fell and hit his head on the concrete floor.

A photo lineup was later shown to one of the bouncers at the event, and documents say he pointed towards a photo of Cervantes and identified him as the suspect.

When questioned by investigators, documents say Cervantes admitted to punching Balboa once, but said he did it in self-defense.

‘However, based off his statements which indicated the victim’s body, nor his face was pointed in the direction of Cervantes, he did not identify clear reasons why he feared’ Balboa, court documents say.

Cervantes’ sentencing date has not yet been set.

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