Man gets year in jail for deadly punch at Ale House in Orange County

Benjamin Hernandez Jr., of Sebring, also sentenced to 3 years of probation

Man  sentenced to 1 year in jail for throwing deadly punch
Man sentenced to 1 year in jail for throwing deadly punch

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man accused of delivering a deadly punch in 2019 at an Ale House in Orange County was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.

Benjamin Hernandez Jr., of Sebring, pleaded no contest in May to a charge of manslaughter in the death of Srikanth “Shrik” Srinivasan, 51.

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A judge sentenced Hernandez to 365 days in jail and three years of probation. In addition, Hernandez must attend an anger-management class and write a letter of apology to Srinivasan’s wife. Hernandez also cannot return to the restaurant, the judge said.

Investigators said Hernandez punched Srinivasan in the face inside the Ale House on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.

Srinivasan was declared brain dead after he fell and struck his head on the ground, officials said. He was later taken off life support.

According to authorities, Hernandez heard Srinivasan arguing with his wife and tried to de-escalate the couple’s spat. Srinivasan apparently said something to Hernandez, who then punched him, officials said.

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