Thomas Stephen Toth was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the death of 86-year-old Orlando Ocampo, reports Global News. Toth, 61, was charged with manslaughter in June 2018 for the 2017 crime. The judge said this was an intentional act and not an accident because Toth followed Ocampo who was a smaller older man.
The incident occurred on December 20, 2017, outside Costco on Expo Boulevard in Vancouver, Canada. According to court papers, the incident started because Toth swore at Ocampo after he believed he was elbowed by Ocampo as he was leaving Costco with his daughter. Ocampo called for security then pepper-sprayed Toth and his daughter. Toth pushed Ocampo causing Ocampo to fall face-first into the ground, reports the Vancouver Sun.
Ocampo was rushed to the hospital but passed away on January 11, 2018 from his injuries.
Police took Toth into custody two hours after the incident but released him without charge. He was eventually charged with manslaughter in June 2018.
The judge sentenced Thomas Stephen Toth to 18 months in prison with three of those months for failing to appear in court. A warrant was put out for Toth’s arrest after he failed to appear in court in March. Police found him in May. Additionally, Toth was put on two years probation and a 10-year firearm possession prohibition.
“I’m sad for the family. I’m sad for what I did,” Toth told the judge. “I wish this didn’t happen.”