Man Dies Weeks After SF Bernal Heights Brawl

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A man who was brutally beaten in a fight in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood in March has died, and prosecutors filed murder charges Wednesday against another man arrested for the attack.

Sherman Brown, 59, died at a hospital on Tuesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Brown had been injured in a fight on March 22 in the 400 block of Prentiss Street. An argument between Brown and the suspect turned physical, and Brown was punched and kicked until he blacked out, according to police.

The suspect, later identified as Anthony Pacrem, was found and arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.

The charge against Pacrem was amended to murder today after prosecutors received word that Brown had died.

Pacrem had not yet entered a plea on the assault charges. On Thursday, he will be arraigned on the new charges at San Francisco General Hospital, where he is being held for psychiatric evaluation.

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