Probation, community service for trio

Updated: March 16, 2005, 5:04 PM ET
Associated Press

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- Three men were sentenced to probation and community service Wednesday for their part in a brawl between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons.

Alvin Shackelford Jr. and Charlie Haddad had pleaded no contest to violating a local ordinance against entering a performance space. Jeremy Handley pleaded guilty to violating a local ordinance against throwing objects at a sporting event.

District Judge Lisa Asadoorian sentenced Shackelford to a year of probation and 150 hours of community service. Shackelford was hit by Pacers forward Ron Artest after approaching the player on the court during the melee at The Palace of Auburn Hills Nov. 19.

Haddad, who authorities say was punched by two Indiana players, received a sentence of two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, plus an additional 10 weekends of community service.

Handley was sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service. Handley, the 31-year-old resident of Macomb County's Chesterfield Township, in January turned himself in after seeing his face on television as someone for whom police were looking. Asadoorian said Handley threw an empty cup during the brawl.

Four other 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.

Auburn Hills police Lt. James Manning said Wednesday that an arrest warrant was issued Feb. 28 for a sixth fan, who is accused of throwing objects at a sporting event.


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