DAILYKENN.com -- Michael Rigual, a rugby player at Old Dominion University rugby player, was seriously injured after being beaten by a black male in 2014.
Reports say a group of black males attempted to crash a private party Rigual was attending. One of the black males, Chris Dontay Slade, attacked Rigual, breaking several bones in his face.
Slade pleaded guilty last year to two felonies: malicious wounding and malicious wounding while being a part of a mob. He was sentenced to six years in prison last week.
The crime occurred in Norfolk, Virginia.
Chris Dontay Slade of the 100 block of Majestic Circle sent text messages admitting he was involved in the early-morning attack in November 2014. He said he was sober but got into the fight “to let out the emotion that was already build up in me,” he wrote in a text.Please report typos...
Slade pleaded guilty last year to two felonies: malicious wounding and malicious wounding while being a part of a mob. On Friday, Circuit Judge Jerrauld Jones sentenced him to 15 years on the second charge but suspended nine years and six months so long as he behaves. He gave him six years for malicious wounding but took off all but six months on that sentence.
Jones ordered him to go on probation when he gets out of prison and forbade him from contacting victims.
The attack happened after 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the 1500 block of Melrose Pkwy., where the ODU team was having a party.
Several men “wanted to come inside but were denied entry because it was a private party,” court documents show. “Glass was heard shattering and several people went outside and observed” the men walking away.
Rugby team captain Michael Rigual and several others ran after the men to confront them, and a fight began. During the fight, two or three gunshots rang out. Rigual was hit in the face with a mannequin arm that had been on a nearby porch as a Halloween decoration.
The men took off in a car.
When police and firefighters responded, they found Rigual on the ground with several broken bones in his face.At first, they thought he had been shot in the face. Paramedics took him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The attackers gave Robert Sokol, another rugby team player, a concussion and broke his eye socket. Player River Piercy was treated at the hospital and released.
Termaine Gregory, 23, and Quameel Harvey, 22, pleaded guilty in July 2015 to misdemeanors and to being a part of the group that attacked the rugby players.
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