An Oregon State University athlete has been sentenced to jail in connection with an assault.
Timothy Patrick, 21, pleaded no contest Tuesday afternoon to one count of fourth-degree assault in Benton County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 45 days jail.
Patrick lettered as a redshirt freshman on the wrestling team in 2008. The junior from Milwaukie did not compete in 2009, due to an injury.
Steve Fenk, OSU’s assistant athletic director for communications, said Patrick is technically on the team but is just serving as a team manager this year.
Another OSU wrestler, Mike Mangrum, 21, is scheduled to be sentenced next month for failing to complete a diversion program in the same case.
The two were arrested May 16 by Corvallis police.
According to information from the Corvallis Police Department, the arrests came after officers responded to a report of a fight at Northwest 25th Street and Fillmore Avenue shortly before midnight. One man had been thrown to the ground, against concrete. He was knocked unconscious and was taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Another man had been hit in the face.
Benton County Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Stringer said the incident was alcohol-driven.
Patrick was initially charged with attempted second-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree assault.
Mangrum was charged with harassment and second-degree disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
Mangrum pleaded guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct in August 2009. Under a plea agreement, he was sentenced to a diversion program, and the harassment charge was dismissed.
However, Mangrum failed to complete the diversion program and now faces sentencing on the underlying charge of second-degree disorderly conduct. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 10.
Mangrum is a redshirt freshman from Auburn, Wash. His record this season is 26-9 at 141 pounds.
Fenk said he wasn’t familiar with Mangrum’s case and couldn’t comment without knowing specifics.
Stringer said the differences in the charges between Patrick and Mangrum were due to the level of involvement of each.
Forty-five days is more jail time than a typical sentence for fourth-degree assault, Stringer said. The assault fit the definition of second-degree assault, which carries a mandatory prison sentence under Measure 11. The charge of attempted second-degree assault came about as a way to keep Patrick, who had no criminal history, from serving prison time.
The victim in the felony charge agreed to the deal.
Patrick will pay about $3,000 to the victim, Jonathan Smith, and about $2,700 to the Crime Victims Assistance fund.
He will report to Benton County Jail at a later date, a move that Stringer said is not unusual.
“It’s very common in Benton County to turn yourself in (later), because we have a small jail and because there are so many students,” he said.
Patrick also faces an unrelated second-degree theft charge from an October arrest. That case is still pending.