Washington sophomore wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow was sentenced to five days on a work crew, fined $693 and ordered to attend anger-management counseling after pleading guilty Wednesday to two counts of fourth-degree assault against Seahawks fans in separate post-Super Bowl altercations.
In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Stringfellow also pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree malicious mischief. All three charges were misdemeanors.
King County District Court Judge Anne Harper accepted the sentencing recommendation in the plea agreement. Each misdemeanor count carried up to 364 days in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. She suspended all but five days of the possible jail sentence, and transferred those five days to a work crew.
Stringfellow can also choose to spend 70 hours doing community service instead of the $693 fine. He must also pay a yet-to-be determined amount in restitution to the victims.
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Stringfellow, who had no prior criminal record, wore a black button-down shirt, dark blue jeans and a gold necklace in the King County courtroom. A UW Huskies lanyard keychain swayed out from his right jeans pocket. He spoke quietly when addressed by the judge or prosecutor, and said he has learned from his mistake and has been “channeling my energy toward counseling.”
In a written statement read aloud by the judge, Stringfellow admitted to “intentionally touching” the female victim “in a harmful manner” at a celebratory bonfire, where a large crowd had gathered near UW’s Greek Row shortly after the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2. The female victim, who had been taking pictures of the celebration, briefly lost consciousness after the altercation with Stringfellow, who admitted to “maliciously destroying” the camera lens.
Less than an hour later, Stringfellow and quarterback Cyler Miles, according to the charging documents, got out of a car, chased a Seahawks fan and assaulted him.
Prosecutors did not pursue charges against Miles because of insufficient evidence.
Stringfellow and Miles have been suspended indefinitely from team activities since Feb. 5. Neither has participated in UW’s spring practices.
Stringfellow had not consumed alcohol or drugs before the Feb. 2 altercations, his attorney James Burnell said. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound receiver was “backing up his quarterback,” who is a “staunch” Broncos fan, Burnell said.
Stringfellow has been seeking anger-management counseling. Harper sentenced him to complete a “Level 2” anger-management course.
“He wants to get this behind him and get back on the team,” Burnell said. “This is the first and last time he’ll be before any court.”
Gregory Alex, the executive director of the Matt Talbot Center, which bills itself as “a ministry of healing, hope and restoration,” spoke to the judge in support of Stringfellow. Alex said he has been serving as a mentor to Stringfellow since the post-Super Bowl assaults and that Stringfellow has shown “extreme remorse … not just for his football life but for his life, period.” The altercations, Alex added, are “not in his character.”
Flanked by his two attorneys and Alex, Stringfellow did not speak to the media as he left the third-floor courtroom.
“He’s got a lot of potential,” Burnell said, walking around television cameras. “Why don’t you let him have it.”
Stringfellow then followed his attorney out an exit door and down a narrow flight of stairs.
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