Golden State's Richardson convicted of domestic violence charge

Updated: August 28, 2003, 7:31 PM ET

SAGINAW, Mich. -- A jury Thursday convicted Golden State Warriors basketball player Jason Richardson of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from an assault on his ex-girlfriend.

Roshonda Jacqmain testified Wednesday that Richardson, 22, pushed her so hard that she fell and struck her head against a wall, putting a large hole in it. The incident took place April 29 at Jacqmain's apartment, where Richardson had gone to pick up their 3-year-old daughter.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Richardson, a Saginaw native who left Michigan State after his sophomore season to turn pro, testified that he was acting in self-defense, according to a Thursday report in The Saginaw News.

The trial began Wednesday. The jury deliberated 1{ hours before reaching its verdict, Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael Thomas said.

Richardson remained free on bond pending a sentencing hearing, which was not immediately scheduled, Thomas said. Richardson faces up to 93 days in jail and $500 in fines.

A message seeking comment from Richardson's attorney, Jeffery Taylor, was left at his Southfield office.

A two-year starter for the Warriors, Richardson averaged 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the NBA team.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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