Vancouver man gets 38 months for unprovoked assault of man who died two days later
A man whose assault of a man outside a mental-health residence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was followed by the victim dying in hospital two days later has been sentenced to three years and two months in jail.
After receiving enhanced credit for more than two years of pre-sentence custody, James Frederick Fierheller, 53, will have one additional day of incarceration to serve.
In May, Fierheller pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault of Jeff Strom on the sidewalk in front of Victory House, a supportive mental-health residence at 353 East Cordova St.
At the time of the incident, Strom, who suffered from several medical conditions that required him to use a walker and carry an oxygen tank, was a resident of the home. Fierheller was homeless.
According to admissions of fact filed in court, on Aug. 26, 2020, Fierheller approached Strom as he was sitting on his walker on the sidewalk in front of Victory House. Fierheller yelled at him and punched him several times on the shoulder and the head. Strom fell from his walker and hit the ground. Bleeding from the head, he was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital but died two days later.