After 8 months, N.J. car burglary suspect dies

April 13, 2011 5:48:49 AM PDT
A 19-year-old former high school football player in New Jersey has died more than eight months after authorities said he was put into a chokehold while trying to break into a car .

Douglas Uhler's father wants charges filed against the car's owner, 42-year-old Alex Montalvo of Bridgewater.

Somerset County prosecutors told The Star-Ledger of Newark Montalvo awoke and gave chase after finding his car being broken into on July 31.

Prosecutors say after Montalvo knocked out Brian Johnston, Uhler ran out from bushes and shouted: "You want a piece of me, (expletive)?!"

Prosecutors say Uhler jumped on Montalvo, who put him in a submission hold, blocking the teen's oxygen flow and causing a brain injury.

Johnson pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary charges.

A grand jury declined to indict Montalvo.

Information from: The Star-Ledger