FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was ordered Monday to stand trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge for his role in a July 4, 2012, street brawl that resulted in the death of a man who tried to intervene in the fight but who ended up dead.
At the conclusion of a Monday probable cause hearing, Anthony Ruiz, 32, was ordered to face the felony charge that carries a possible maximum 11-year prison sentence.
Ruiz, who is free on bail, was ordered back to court Feb. 26 to be arraigned and to possibly schedule dates for a jury trial. He has previously pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.
Vacaville police believe Ruiz punched 20-year-old Tyler Grande during a street fight on the Fourth of July at a crowded post-fireworks gathering on Garden Circle. Ruiz allegedly walked up behind Grande and sucker-punched him twice in the back of the head.
Police responded to reports of the brawl and found Grande alone and unconscious in a gutter. He was rushed to the hospital and was put on life support after suffering blunt-force trauma to his head. He was pronounced dead July 15 at UC Davis Medical Center.
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