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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

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Visduh Dec. 6, 2011 @ 7:56 p.m.

One thug slugs another thug, and that thug dies. Typical bar fight, and an illustration why anyone with an ounce of sense doesn't go to bars like that one. Oh, but I'm being unfair--it is just a "friendly" local hangout for the beach crowd, filled with "friends" who just ooze bonhomie. Straight out of a TV sitcom, with all the pleasant outcomes of misunderstandings, NOT.

Can someone tell me why, in a simple, garden-variety killing like this one, the resolution comes more than a year after the crime? There was a time when capital cases (those with a death penalty) were fully resolved in about four months.


JoeSquid July 9, 2013 @ 4:35 p.m.

Need to get your facts straight here bud. The girl with Hamil bummed a cigarette from Hoyle who gave it to her. This pissed off Hamil who shoved Hoyle and Hoyle replied "why did you do that for man?". This was all it took for Hamil to deliver a blow to Hoyles head sufficient enough to cause death. Hamil has been charged and done time for similar incidents. He was 20 years younger than Hoyle and 60 pounds heavier. Hamil should have gotten the chair not 10 years which he will never serve in entirety in California.


SurfPuppy619 July 9, 2013 @ 5:07 p.m.

Hamil should have gotten the chair not 10 years which he will never serve in entirety in California He will do 85% b/c he has a previous strike. It was not premeditated murder "bud". And 10 years for an unintentional act is probably more than he would have received had he gone to trial and lost, as a murder beef would never stick under these facts.


notyourlady Sept. 30, 2013 @ 1:41 p.m.

Dave was not a thug! You know nothing. He was my sisters dad. I like how they mention his tattoo to make him look negative...What they didnt say was that it was old from when he served his country in the USN. Dave would have given the shirt off his back and then some for anyone.


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 6, 2011 @ 11:36 p.m.

I had a misdemeanor case that dragged on for well over a year before I made it to trial, the games prosecutors play can delay and delay a case.......


Eva Knott Jan. 6, 2012 @ 8:36 a.m.

Bruce Erwin Hamil was sentenced to ten years in prison in the Vista courthouse on January 5 2012. As expected. Update posted by Eva Knott.


Ponzi Jan. 6, 2012 @ 9:16 a.m.

Bruce Erwin Hamil Jr., 36 punches and kills a 53 year old man. Coward. Should add another 10 years to his sentence for not respecting his elders.


JoeSquid July 9, 2013 @ 4:37 p.m.

I agree except as stated before, I believe with his past history he should have got the chair or a noose.


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