Colin W. Byrd, 18, of Kansas City, was charged on Nov. 19 with misdemeanor assault. He pled guilty Tuesday & was sentenced to two years of supervised probation.
Assault victim Jake Rosebaum before heading into Platte County Circuit Court Tuesday.
PLATTE COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -
A Platte County high school football player accused of assaulting an opposing player with a football helmet during a game last fall pleaded guilty to the assault Tuesday.
Colin W. Byrd, 18, of Kansas City, was charged on Nov. 19 with misdemeanor assault. The penalty for misdemeanor assault ranges from probation to one year in jail.
According to court documents, during the third quarter of an Oct. 18 game between Platte County R-3 and Winnetonka High School, Byrd assaulted the victim by allegedly ripping off the victim's helmet and striking him in the head with it.
The alleged assault occurred after a play in which Byrd and the victim ended up out of bounds.
"What happened that day was not football. Nothing less than assault was committed on that field. If the defendant successfully completes probation, his record will be sealed," said Platte County prosecuting attorney Eric Zahnd in a press release.
An official and a Winnetonka school official who both saw the play told authorities they believed Byrd intentionally hit the victim with the helmet.
According to Zahnd, the official told investigators he had been officiating football games for more than 20 years and had never seen anything like it. According to court documents, the school official said he believed Byrd had the opportunity to simply drop the helmet but appeared to be "angry and frustrated" when he intentionally struck the victim with the helmet.
The victim suffered a significant injury resulting in a concussion. The victim scored an 84 on a 0-125 concussion scale. A doctor indicated that lesser concussions score in the 20-30 range.
The victim talked about what he thought Byrd's punishment should be before the court appearance.
"I'm a kid too so I don't think he should be doing jail time or anything, but definitely community service and anger management probably," Jake Rosebaum said.
At the request of Zahnd's office, Judge Dennis Eckold placed Byrd on probation and ordered him to fulfill the following special conditions of probation: successfully complete a 12-week anger management program, perform 100 hours of community service, pay a restitution fee of $684 to the victim and write an apology letter to the victim.
"Our goal was not to burden this defendant with a criminal record that shadows him for the rest of his life. It was to impact his life for the betterment of himself and the community," Zahnd said in a press release.
Byrd's attorney said his client did not want to talk on camera, but in court he read a letter of apology to Rosebaum.
"I want to sincerely apologize for what happened during the football game between our two schools. I never intended for anything to happen to you or your season. I apologize that your season came to an abrupt end. I do hope that you are doing better and your concussion has finally subsided and any other trauma you might have endured as a result of the event has also gone away. I wish you the best of luck on your senior season next year, make it one to remember."
"I would also like to apologize to my coaches and my teammates and to the Platte County R-3 School District for my actions."
Byrd was ejected from the game for his actions.
Rosebaum said he's doing much better. While he's still under a doctor's care, he's been back to school for about three weeks.
Byrd pleaded guilty in Platte County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation.
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