An Oceanside man agreed to a ten-year prison term in a plea deal today, admitting to the assault of a man who died from a single punch to his head in an Oceanside bar on September 26, 2010.
The original murder charge against Bruce Erwin Hamil Jr., 36, was dismissed at the end of a preliminary hearing earlier this year. Video surveillance from Hosie’s Pacific Pub showed Hamil delivering a single blow to Willie Hoyle, 53; he dropped to the floor and never got up again. Hoyle was declared brain-dead the same night, but kept on life support for two days “to harvest the organs,” according to testimony from a county medical examiner
At the time of his death, Hoyle had a blood alcohol level of .17 and a tattoo that read, “born to raise hell,” according to testimony at a preliminary hearing. In the video, Hoyle was seen walking with a pool cue toward the bar where Hamil was standing, having a beer with two friends. Hoyle and Hamil had brief words and then the younger man decked the older one.
Prosecutor Jodi Breton alleged that Hamil has a habit of getting into violent fights, and the defendant did admit to a 1998 conviction for a previous felony assault, a strike. The current case will also be counted as a violent felony and strike, according to judge Daniel Goldstein.
Pictured: Hosie’s Pacific Pub, Oceanside
Photo by Bob Weatherston