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Yankee Stadium jumper banned for life, could face jail

NEW YORK -- A baseball fan who jumped from the upper deck at
Yankee Stadium onto the netting behind home plate has been banned
for life from the ballpark and could be sent to jail, a judge said
Wednesday.

Scott Harper, 19, of Armonk, N.Y., pleaded guilty Wednesday to
reckless endangerment following last season's plunge at the New
York Yankees' Bronx stadium. District Attorney Robert Johnson
recommended probation and restitution to the Yankees, but Harper
rejected the deal.

Harper's criminal sentence, to be handed down Sept. 19, will
depend on the outcome of another case in Westchester County for
driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, state Supreme
Court Judge Troy Webber said.

The district attorney's office recommended 30 days in jail;
Harper had faced up to a year.

A telephone message left at Harper's home was not immediately
returned Wednesday.

Harper dropped about 40 feet onto the large net, which stops
foul balls from flying back into the stands, during the eighth
inning of an Aug. 10, 2005, game against the Chicago White Sox. The
game was delayed for four minutes while he was removed.

After the final out, Harper was carried from the ballpark on a
stretcher, his head immobilized in a neck brace, and taken to a
hospital, where he was treated and released.

Harper told three friends with whom he was sitting that he was
going to test whether the net would hold his weight and then
jumped, police said.

After landing, he sat with his head in his hands for a few
moments before climbing on the net back up to the middle level of
seats while players watched and the crowd roared. He then was
hoisted over the railing and led away by security.