MADISON (WKOW) -- A 28-year old man was sentenced to six months in jail and probation in connection to last year's attack on former Badger running back Montee Ball, and a separate attack on a woman acquaintance.
In agreeing to a recommended sentence as part of a plea bargain for Karlis Griffin, Dane County Judge William Hanrahan called the attack on Ball "a brutal beating," and warned Griffin if he failed on probation, a prison sentence would be added to his jail term. Griffin was convicted of the felony charge of substantial battery.
Ball's father, Montee Ball, Sr. told 27 News he felt the sentence was fair, and said he, his son and family can now get beyond the attack. The younger Ball is now a member of the NFL's Denver Broncos.
But Ball, Sr. told 27 News a defense attorney's reference to the attack on his son being the result of a spontaneous fight was difficult to listen to.
"That rang out instantly, as soon as they said that, because it wasn't a fight, it was an ambush, and that's what it was," Ball, Sr. told 27 News.
Three UW-Madison students joined Griffin in attacking Ball in August 2012, with Ball suffering a concussion and other injuries. One of the students, Wendell Venerable, had been in a previous fight with UW football players, and authorities say Venerable and the others were looking for revenge against team members.
Venerable, Robert Wilkes and Deonte Wilson were given deferred prosecution agreements for their roles in the attack.
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