Windsor man won’t go to jail after brother dies in backyard wrestling match
Corey Woodrich, 31, passed away on Oct. 24, 2017. (Courtesy Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre)
A Windsor man has been sentenced to 12 months of probation after his brother died in a backyard wrestling match gone wrong.
Darcey Woodrich, 36, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in connection with the death of his brother at a home on Elm Avenue on Oct 21, 2017.
Court heard Darcey and his younger brother Corey had been play fighting in the backyard when Darcey placed Corey in a choke hold which aggravated a pre-existing condition and he lost consciousness.
CPR was performed immediately but, unsuccessfully.
Corey Ryan Woodrich, 31, died of his injuries.
On Monday, a judge handed Darcey a suspended sentence and 12-months probation.
Defence lawyer Bob DiPietro says the family struggles to deal with the incident.
"It's a very tragic set of circumstances that people will have to carry with for the rest of their lives," says DiPietro. “The suspended sentence is one part, but a life sentence guilt is a sentence that will carry on forever.”
Corey Woodrich is remembered as a loving son, a loyal brother and friend, an aspiring musician and charismatic leader of the bands “Siren Phase” and “Anonymous Bosch.”