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Friday Night Fights

By Jeff Terrill

Fort Wayne Reader

2016-10-09


Michael canít believe heís in jail. Winning the game is all he wanted to do. How did this happen?

Michael is a tightly wound 18-year-old high school senior. Heís the quarterback and co-captain of his football team. A few college coaches are interested in him. Michael isnít a real person.

Last year, Michaelís team lost by 30 points at home to Central Ė one of their biggest rivals. A fight broke out during last yearís game and emotions are still running high.

This year, the game is a lot closer. The teams are tied heading into the last play of the first half. Michael takes the snap, scrambles and gets slammed to the ground by one of Centralís best defensive players. Michaelís helmet flies off his head. Michael looks up and sees the guy celebrating over him.

Michael is pissed. He hates Central. He hates getting sacked. He hates losing. Michael gets up, grabs his helmet and smashes it into the side of the Central playerís helmet and body. A melee ensues.

The officials and coaches from both teams rush in and break up the fight. Several players are ejected from the game, including Michael. Michaelís not happy. He notices a police officer on the field. The officer speaks with Michaelís coaches and then heads over toward Michael.

The police officer informs Michael that heís under arrest for battery. The Central playerís parents plan to take their son to the hospital to determine the extent of his head injury. The officer explains that Michael could be charged with a felony if the Central player has a concussion. Michaelís parents run to the field from the stands. They try to convince the officer not to arrest their son.

In Indiana, a person who touches another person in a rude, insolent or angry manner commits the crime of battery. If the touching results in visible injury or pain, the crime is a Class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail. If a person causes moderate bodily injury, the offense is a Level 6 felony. A person who batters another person resulting in serious bodily injury commits a Level 5 felony punishable up to 6 years in jail.

The officer allows Michael to take off his shoulder pads before escorting him to his squad car. Several other police officers arrive.

Michael sits in a jail cell while his team loses to Central for the second year in a row. Michael lost his cool. He figured he might get thrown out of the game. He never thought heíd go to jail.

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Jeff Terrill is a partner/shareholder with the law firm of Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C. Mr. Terrill represents clients accused of crimes throughout northeast Indiana. You can contact Mr. Terrill with any questions or comments at his office at 260.420.7777 or via email at jterrill@fortwaynedefense.com. Learn more about his firm at www.fortwaynedefense.com. This article expressed opinions and observations of the author, is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader. Please consult a qualified attorney with any legal questions or issues you might have. Thank you




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