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Ex-UND linebacker must do six months on home monitoring

A former UND linebacker made a tearful apology in court Wednesday for assaulting four people during an alcohol-fueled night he says he does not recall entirely.

A former UND linebacker made a tearful apology in court Wednesday for assaulting four people during an alcohol-fueled night he says he does not recall entirely.

"I just wish I could remember how it happened and why it happened," Brad Kelley said. "People got hurt who didn't deserve to get hurt."

Judge Sonja Clapp of state District Court ordered 21-year-old Kelley to serve six months on electronic home monitoring and three years of supervised probation. Kelley must pay more than $3,200 in restitution to cover victims' medical bills and damaged property.

Kelley, of Coon Rapids, Minn., pleaded guilty in November to underage drinking, two misdemeanor counts of assault and two felony counts of aggravated assault. If he meets the terms of his sentence, Clapp said, his felony offenses will be reduced to misdemeanors.

Called to testify Wednesday, Kelley said he went to a party Jan. 30 and drank four or five cocktails made from Jägermeister, an herb liqueur, and Red Bull, an energy drink.

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"The next thing I remember I was in jail covered in puke," he said. "I was still drunk when I woke up, and I was asking for my phone call."

During that lost time, authorities said, Kelley rampaged around campus, attacking two students outside West Hall at about 11:45 p.m. -- one of those students was left with a sore neck, and the other received a head laceration that required six staples.

Less than 15 minutes later at Walsh Hall, authorities said, Kelley struck a resident assistant in the crotch and a resident life coordinator in the face. Another man, an experienced wrestler, put the linebacker in a "submission hold" until campus police arrived, authorities said.

The resident life coordinator attended Wednesday's hearing but opted not to address the court. Prosecutor Faye Jasmer said he suffered the most serious injuries -- one punch from Kelley broke his nose and orbital bone. He now sees "floaters" and is at a lifetime risk for a detached retina, she said.

Kelley testified that he didn't learn of his actions until police told him. "I was shocked because I didn't know it happened, and I didn't know I could do that to somebody. That was the worst part," he said.

Jasmer said Kelley told officers he drank a liter of Jägermeister that night, but Kelley testified he does not recall saying that and that he does not remember how much he drank.

Kelley, who turned 21 in November, said he occasionally drank alcohol before he was arrested, since then, he's abstained and doesn't plan to drink in the future. Kelley said he received a chemical-dependency evaluation on his own and underwent counseling.

After the incident, Kelley said, he withdrew from UND, which revoked his football scholarship and suspended him for four years. A backup player, Kelley played in four games during the 2008 season.

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Kelley said he has a job and is taking classes at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids. He said he hopes to eventually play football at St. Cloud State University.

Ingersoll reports on crime and courts. Reach him at (701) 780-1269; (800) 477-6572, ext. 269; or send e-mail to aingersoll@gfherald.com .

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