A single sucker punch causing the victim to sustain serious bodily injury is enough for a case to go to trial on an aggravated assault charge.

In Commonwealth v. Patrick, 933 A.2d 1043 (Pa. Super. 2007), an en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion, written by Judge Gantman, holding that where a defendant delivers a single sucker punch to the side of the victim’s face with enough force to knock the victim off his feet, and where he hit the sidewalk head first and spent two days in a coma due to severe brain trauma, there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial because there exists evidence of the defendant’s recklessness under circumstances manifesting the extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Simply put, a sucker punch with absolutely no warning that puts the victim in a coma will be enough evidence to prosecute a defendant for aggravated assault.