Man gets 6 years probation for college brawl
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:00 AM
A man who attacked several people at an October 2011 fraternity party at Hanover College was sentenced to six years of probation Monday.
Tirell Englemon, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal recklessness, a Class D felony. In addition to his probation term, he will also have to pay $9,759.93 in restitution to four people who were injured as a result of the fight.
Englemon said he was at a Halloween party and an altercation started on the dance floor, which resulted in him punching anyone who got near him.
Prosecutors said as Englemon was led from the party, he struck a man standing on the stairs who had not done anything to provoke him.
Englemon said he was not drinking and had not taken any illegal drugs at the time of the altercation and that someone used a racial slur toward him.
"It'd be hard to know how any of us would handle that situation," said Josh Stigdon, Englemon's attorney. Prosecutors weren't buying the sober story.
"We think that his behavior is consistent with someone who has been drinking or has been impaired in some way," Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote said.
The prosecutor said he was unsure if Englemon should receive prison time as a result of his actions due to the positive steps he had taken to better his life after his arrest.
Englemon lives in Covington, Ky., and works in Erlanger, Ky. He is studying business entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University. He currently holds a job at a call center and has bought a house.
Stigdon requested Englemon be placed on probation for one year and have the charges be labeled as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
Prosecutors requested the charges be felony level.
"Mr. Englemon was absolutely out of control," Mote said.
In all, Englemon injured six people during the fight, including two people who were seriously injured. One person needed surgery as a result of the fight.
Judge Alison Frazier said the injuries were too severe to justify lowering the charges to misdemeanors.
Englemon showed remorse while testifying during his sentencing hearing held earlier this month. His sentence was announced Monday.
"I would like every single one of them to know I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart," he said.