A Lubbock County Grand Jury reduces the charges against a Lubbock man.
In September, Ralph Tickle was charged with manslaughter for the death of Jack Stanfield, but Monday a Lubbock County Grand Jury changed that charge to criminally negligent homicide.
The case was presented to the Lubbock County Grand Jury as manslaughter, but after hearing the evidence, they decided to lessen the charge to criminal negligent homicide. The penalty for that is 18 months to two years in prison while manslaughter carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison.
An autopsy confirmed Jack Stanfield the second died from strangulation the night of September 23. You might recognize him from commercials for the Appliance Center on 50th Street, where Stanfield was employed at the time of his death.
Police say Ralph Tickle put Stanfield in a headlock during an argument in the 4500 block of 44th Street. Stanfield's family tells NewsChannel 11 the argument was apparently about religion. A woman inside the house called 911 and described what happened.
911 operator: what's wrong with him?
Caller: They kinda of got into a fight and he kind of passed out and we looked an he's not breathing. He's turning blue.
In the call, you can hear the 911 operator explaining how to perform cpr and the woman giving those directions to Tickle. Despite those efforts, Stanfield was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.
In an e-mail to NewsChannel 11 last month Stanfield's sister stated, "I know Jack is okay and with Jesus now. However I wish so much that Ralph could have seen the void, damage and tears and questions that his one savage act caused."
A memorial fund has been set up to help Stanfield's wife and children. Donations can still be made at any American State Bank.