ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -A former University of Michigan football player convicted of assaulting a fellow student was sentenced Monday to six months probation.
Christian Richards, a 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.
Another player, tight end Carson Butler 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.
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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