Ex-Michigan DB Richards gets probation for assault of student

Updated: July 30, 2007, 7:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A former University of Michigan football player convicted of assaulting a fellow student was sentenced Monday to six months probation.

Christian Richards, a 19-year-old reserve defensive back from Pacoima, Calif., was also ordered to pay various fees and costs and perform community service. He was convicted of aggravated assault and assault and battery following a nonjury trial July 10.

Carson Butler, a 19-year-old tight end from Detroit, was cleared of the charges.

Both players were released from the team in March.

The two were charged in a St. Patrick's Day beating in a residence hall. A 20-year-old Michigan student told campus police he was repeatedly punched in an acquaintance's dorm room. The victim told police his attackers already were in the room when he arrived and that he did not know why he was assaulted.

A fourth student in the room was not attacked and did not take part in the assault, police have said.

Richards had five tackles for the Wolverines last year. Butler started seven games last year and caught 19 passes.

Nick Roumel, Richards' attorney, said Monday his client had spoken with other football coaches around the country but was awaiting the outcome of the case before deciding his next move.

"This will help him move forward, obviously," Roumel said.

Richards also could be liable for restitution if it is determined that any is owed, Ann Arbor District Court administrator Keith Zeisloft said.

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