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Ex-Michigan DB Richards gets probation for assault of student

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.