Yonkers Man Indicted on Assault Charge in Death of County Jail 18-Year-Old Inmate

March 16, 2020

By  David Propper, LoHud

After originally charged with manslaughter, a Westchester County jail inmate will face an assault charge in the death of an 18-year-old who was also in custody, the county’s district attorney’s office announced Monday.

William Johnson, 20, of Yonkers will face the felony count, after he was accused of punching Bryce Neville on Jan. 30 on the side of the head, the DA’s office said. Neville hit the floor and suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Westchester County Medical Center where he died Feb. 3. 

The county’s medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be blunt force injury to the head, a skull fracture and subarachnoid hemorrhage, the DA’s office said.

Johnson was initially charged with manslaughter by county police in February. He and Neville got into an argument earlier that day before Johnson punched him, police said.

Neville had been in custody since Jan. 14 on a probation violation and due back in court on March 5.

Johnson was booked Jan. 8, 2019, and had an outstanding charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He had faced previous charges of criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation, according to jail records.

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