ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – A student at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School has received four months’ probation for his role in an on-field brawl that broke out following a football game.
Bashir Garain was sentenced Tuesday in Washtenaw County Trial Court for assault with a dangerous weapon. Terms of his probation include graduating from high school, enrolling in college and paying $1,741 in court costs. Judge Donald Shelton said Garain’s conviction will be cleared if he successfully completes probation.
“I’m not a bad person. This is just something that happened,” Garain told the judge.
Garain was injured in an early season game and was on the sidelines Oct. 12 when a fight erupted at midfield between coaches and players after Pioneer defeated Ann Arbor Huron 35-6. The fight started after coaches for both teams argued near midfield, and escalated when an assistant Pioneer coach shoved Huron’s head coach.
Garain pleaded guilty last month to swinging a crutch. Two Huron players were hit with the crutch during the melee, one of which received stitches at a local hospital.
Two other teenagers were charged in the case. One was found responsible for assault and was sentenced to six months probation and a $50 fine, while the other is awaiting trial on June 24 after rejecting a plea deal.
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