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Emmaus man charged in fatal beating of 70-year-old man

Alexander Roscioli faces charges in death of John Sweeney Sr.

EMMAUS, Pa. - A Lehigh County man has turned himself in to face charges in the beating death of another man.

Alexander Octa Roscioli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

The charges stem from an incident on Aug. 30 at the apartment building in Emmaus, where Roscioli and the victim, 70-year-old John Sweeney Sr., both lived.

The two men got into an argument around 2:30 a.m., and it escalated into a physical fight, police said.

Roscioli, 22, of 314 S. Broom St., punched and kicked Sweeney after Sweeney hit Roscioli with a plastic hockey stick, according to court documents.

Sweeney was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died the next day. An autopsy showed he had a skull fracture, broken ribs and a cerebral hemorrhage. The coroner ruled his death a homicide.

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