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Tourist guilty in Vegas casino punching death

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A Las Vegas jury found a Florida tourist on trial for the punching death of a man at a casino guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

The verdict was reached on the same day deliberations began in the case against Florida resident Benjamin Hawkins. Opening statements were on Tuesday.

Hawkins was charged for punching John Massie at O'Sheas Casino in July, 2011. Massie died after the confrontation, with the Clark County Coroner's office ruling blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

Hawkins testified on the witness stand on Thursday, recounting the events leading up to the punch.

Hawkins claimed Massie continually harassed him in the restroom of the casino.

Hawkins faces probation or up to four years in prison.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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