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Philadelphia Wedding Brawl: Second man faces felony charges in melee

Brian Lanza
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(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - A second man is facing felony charges in connection with the massive wedding brawl that was caught on video at a Philadelphia hotel.

Prosecutors said 29-year-old Brian Lanza from Westfield, N.J., was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other counts in the Oct. 7 fight at a hotel in the city's Society Hill section.

The brawl involved dozens of people from two different wedding parties, and was caught on tape by a teenage hotel guest as dozens of police officers tried to contain the fighting. Authorities said a 57-year-old man suffered a fatal heart attack.

Mathew Sofka, 26, of Westfield, was also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and other counts in connection with the fight. Sources said he's the brother of one of the grooms. Sofka posted bail last week.

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