Correction officer dies after bar attack

August 9, 2008 6:29:07 PM PDT
Police say a Long Island correction officer has died after a combative bar patron choked him while he was working as a bouncer. Suffolk County police say Andrew Reister died Saturday morning.

The 40-year-old father of two had been in critical condition since the attack Thursday in Southampton.

Customer Anthony Oddone is being held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty to assault. A spokesman for Suffolk County prosecutors did not immediately respond to an e-mail message Saturday asking whether more charges would be filed in light of Reiser's death.

The 25-year-old Oddone is represented by Suffolk County's Legal Aid Society, which has a policy of not commenting on ongoing cases.

A message left at his Farmingville home was not immediately returned.

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