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Man Allegedly Beat By Counselor Dies

Sat., Oct. 14, 1995

A man who was beaten into a coma, allegedly by his anger management counselor, has died after his family agreed a hospital could disconnect life support.

Miguel Gonzales, 32, had been unconscious since Monday night, when authorities say he was beaten by Charles Mahuka.

Mahuka was a leader of an anger management class that Gonzales was ordered to attend for assaulting his girlfriend.

Witnesses said Gonzales came to the meeting drunk and disrupted it, and then Mahuka punched him, knocked him to the ground and continued hitting him.

Mahuka, who is on probation for an attempted murder conviction, pleaded innocent Thursday to manslaughter charges. His bail was set at $75,000.

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