Prosecutor recommends no jail for Shackelford

Updated: February 11, 2005, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- A fan changed his mind and pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of walking onto the court during a November brawl at an NBA game.

Alvin Shackelford Jr. pleaded no contest to the charge of violating an ordinance barring spectators from entering a performance space. Joan Bacon, who represents the city of Auburn Hills, recommended no jail time for the 21-year-old spectator.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated the same as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes. Sentencing is March 16.

Shackelford was hit by Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest after approaching the player on the court during the Nov. 19 melee at The Palace. The charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $500 fine.

Earlier, Richard Alger, Shackelford's lawyer, chose to go to trial after the judge refused to guarantee she would not sentence his client to jail.

Asked about the day's developments, Shackelford said: "We'll see how I feel later after sentencing."

Charlie Haddad, 21, also is to be sentenced March 16; he pleaded no contest last month to the same charge. Four other Pistons fans and five Indiana players are charged with assault and battery in the fight. Another fan, Bryant Jackson, has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of felony assault for throwing a chair.

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