A decade ago 21- year old David Koschman lost his life, on Friday 39- year old Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, the man responsible for throwing the fatal punch, plead guilty and told his mother, “I’m sorry.”
Nanci Koschman called her son the “light of her eyes” saying the pain of his loss will never go away.
In court Friday, Vanecko admitted to punching Koschman after a drunken altercation on Division Street in April of 2004. The Mount Prospect man fell, hit his head and later died from the injury.
Vanecko was questioned by police but never charged. In 2011 the case was reopened, but Chicago police decided Vanecko acted in self-defense against the much smaller Koschman. However Vanecko was indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in 2012, after special prosecutor Dan Webb brought the case to a grand jury.
Vanecko was silent after court. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 60 days of house arrest and 30 months probation. He also agreed to pay Nanci Koschman $20,000 to cover her expenses.
But Nanci Koschman says Vanecko’s apology, is all that truly matters. The still mourning mom plans to visit her son’s grave to deliver a bittersweet message.