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Rhode Island man charged in connection with Patriots fan’s death pleads not guilty

BOSTON (AP) — One of two Rhode Island men charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct in connection with the death of a fan at a New England Patriots game has pleaded not guilty. In a brief court appearance Friday, 59-year-old John Vieira entered the plea over allegations that he and 39-year-old Justin Mitchell punched 53-year-old Dale Mooney, of Newmarket, New Hampshire. Investigators say Mooney was struck during an altercation at the Sept. 17 game, which ended in a 24-17 win by the visiting Miami Dolphins. Mooney was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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