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Man charged for causing injuries that led to Syracuse man's death 9 months later

A Syracuse man is facing a manslaughter charge for the death of a man last fall.

Syracuse Police say the case first began back on February 1, 2016, when officers responded to 152 Lilac Street for a report of a person down. When they arrived, officers found 54-year-old Edwin Oliveras unconscious on the floor.

Investigators say there didn't appear to be external signs of injury, but police were told Oliveras may have been assaulted the previous day. Family members told police the assault wasn't reported because Oliveras didn't appear to be injured.

As detectives investigated the assault, Oliveras was hospitalized and then released to an assisted living program. On November 23, 2016, Oliveras passed away. On January 18, 2017, the Medical Examiner's Office determined Oliveras died due to the injuries he suffered in the original assault.

Investigators say after reviewing evidence at the original scene and conducting several interviews, they determined there was a physical dispute between Oliveras and the suspect, possibly over personal property. During the dispute, the suspect allegedly struck Oliveras, causing the injuries that would ultimately make him Syracuse's 31st homicide victim in 2016.

On Thursday, February 16th, detectives arrested 29-year-old Ryan J. Brown, of Glen Avenue, on charges of first-degree Manslaughter and fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Brown was sent to be held at the Onondaga County Justice Center, according to police. His attorney, Kenneth Moynihan, isn't commenting on the case, according to the Associated Press.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact police at 315-442-5222 or email to detectives at HomicideUnit@SyracusePolice.org.

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