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Daniel Rice Convicted in Fatal Sucker Punch of Homeless Man

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Daniel Rice in a photo from his Facebook page. More pics below.
Ricky Thompson, a 49-year-old homeless man, was panhandling in Aurora last year when he was punched so brutally that he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Now, Daniel Rice has been convicted of causing Thompson's death. Continue for photos and details of this brutal crime.

See also: Homelessness Being Criminalized in Ballpark Neighborhood? Advocacy Group Says Yes

As photos on Rice's Facebook page demonstrate, he's a big guy with an appearance some might describe as menacing. Here's one pic....

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...and another....

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...and one more:

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As for the actions that landed him in trouble with the law, they're detailed in an arrest report accessed by the Aurora Sentinel for a piece published in August 2013.

Early that month, the report says Thompson asked Rice for cash outside an Aurora Walmart. Rice allegedly answered the request with a "Fuck off." Thompson is said to have responded by taking a swing at Rice, but he didn't connect.

Rice told investigators he didn't retaliate at that time, but he expressed umbrage at Thompson supposedly "asking kids for money or drugs," the Sentinel reports.

Then, on August 14, Rice was with his roommate when he saw Thompson outside a Chase bank not far from the intersection of East Quincy Avenue and South Buckley Road. The area is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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The roommate quoted Rice as calling Thompson a crackhead and saying, "Watch this. I'm gonna teach this guy a lesson. I'm gonna knock this guy out."

At that point, Rice crossed Quincy and threw a haymaker at Rice, who immediately hit the ground.

There's some dispute about how many times Rice hit Thompson; there are conflicting witness reports. But Rice reportedly said that after the initial blow, he hit Thompson again as he lay prone and said, "Stay away from here and stay out of the neighborhood."

Thompson did, but not by choice. He lingered on life support for about six weeks before dying in late September. By November, Rice, who was arrested on August 20 after shaving his head and goatee in an apparent effort to alter his appearance, had been accused of manslaughter.

Now, Rice has been convicted of that charge and first-degree assault. His sentence is pending. Look below to see his booking photo.

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Daniel Rice.

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39 comments
happyjack102
happyjack102

In Colorado, this is manslaughter? So, if I beat a circuit court judge to death, it won't be first-degree murder? 


Wow, what a violent state!

sunsizzahands
sunsizzahands

yeah it takes a "big man" to hit a 48yr old homeless guy...what an idiot...he deserves to be locked up for being stupid...think before u TRY and be cool. All u get to be now is "culo" LOL!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

These overly aggressive conservatives are a serious problem.  Who knows who they will kill next?

donluis
donluis

Daniel you will certainly be reminded everyday of your life for the one you took. Its the hypocrite postings here who forget all they have wronged and will also be reminded when they see you again.. peace

Kimberly Frerking
Kimberly Frerking

He proved himself a pussy on the streets and now he will be sometimes pussy behind bars. Throw the book at the FUCK!

Linda Rains
Linda Rains

What's with the full-page game ad takeover that displays unprompted?

Vince Maldonado
Vince Maldonado

everyone wants to be a tough guy! ! with a sucker punch lol

Denisse Lomas
Denisse Lomas

i feel sorry for the homeless man but he should had tried to punch this guy i do get annoyed every time i go to the store i get bothered by this ppl and they give u attitude if you tell them no my husband almost got in a fight with one the other day

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

Good. lock him up and throw away the key!

Erik Ahl
Erik Ahl

Good to hear, piece of shit deserves all he gets.

Vicky Pryor
Vicky Pryor

He deserves that conviction. Don't judge and leave people alone.

Scott McGlothlin
Scott McGlothlin

That's a great tattoo of the cross with praying hands on his shoulder. Not one for death penalty usually, but all for an eye for an eye. This guys should be out down...

Salvator Buttita
Salvator Buttita

I do not condone this mans actions but to act like he is more cruel or violent then anyone else who assaults another person because he punched some one who is homeless rather then someone who finds shelter ever night is just silly. The term homeless really encompasses a lot of people who display every characteristic so loudly detested on this thread. If you have never had the desire to confront a homeless person then you clearly don't live or work downtown.

Kristin Conner
Kristin Conner

Wow just shows what kind of person he is if he needs to beat on a homeless guy for no good reason and then change his appearance so he doesn't get caught. What a sissy.

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

At least the other guys in prison will greatly appreciate his moobies!

Rj Fath
Rj Fath

what comes around,goes around..."justice" will be served

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

Dude, how do you know that a homeless panhandler is not a military veteran? Not that someone who is not a veteran should be treated like this either. For a guy with a cross and praying hands tattoo'd on his arm, you certainly did not do Jesus very proud. Someday at the pearly gates, you are going to hear "watch me teach this guy a lesson......"

j3o3nny
j3o3nny

Manslaughter???? That's straight up murder. If Rice just ran up to a functional person and laid into the individual with all his might and this person eventually died. Rice would be facing murder charges. Maybe if he turned himself in and proclaimed how he only meant to punch him. Arapaho County Courts are bunch of fucking idiots.They constantly embarrass our community. Jeffco would likely charge him with aggravated murder for attacking a man who is already down. Rice you're piece of shit.....  

Ashley Kittrell
Ashley Kittrell

I hate seeing all these crimes against the homeless. What kind of ass hat harasses homeless people?

Ellie Ames
Ellie Ames

I hope he gets locked up and abused everyday for the rest of shitty life!!!

Leah Garcia
Leah Garcia

Nansi Briones isn't this Jessica's cousin!?

Jared Aigner
Jared Aigner

^^^ amount of wiener in his butt. Homeless people might be a little odd sometimes but no one needs to die like that. Hopefully big guy ends up in a holding cell with 10 homeless guys and some newspapers

Sean Anthony
Sean Anthony

What a piece of work. I hope he gets the maximum.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

He best brush up on his manhood. There's more than few dudes in the CDOC who make this guy look like a wimp and they're not fond "tough guys" who think they're bad. There's one character nicknamed "Slappy" because he thoroughly enjoys swinging a knock-out b-slap on supposed tough guys. Maybe they'll meet.

Iamthe Ganjedi
Iamthe Ganjedi

Real class act, this one. Something is fundamentally wrong with people today and it's becoming worse and worse by the day. :(

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