1 guilty, 1 facing trial in fistfight
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) -- A youth baseball coach who fought with an umpire during a tournament game has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Judge Kim Hoover convicted Robert Wiley, 38, of Broadview Heights, on Friday in Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court, but delayed sentencing until after the umpire's jury trial on the same charge.
The trial for Howard Claflin, 57, of Cuyahoga Falls, is scheduled for Sept. 20. He broke his left hand in the fight July 1 during a game in nearby Hudson.
The fight began when Claflin, the home plate umpire, ejected Wiley's 14-year-old son for throwing his batting helmet in the dugout after striking out. Wiley was coaching first base and approached Claflin, but each man contends the other started the fight.
Hudson Prosecutor Jason Hickman has said he charged both men after interviews with the men and witnesses determined both were responsible.
Wiley could receive a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. The prosecutor recommended that Wiley pay a $150 fine, receive a six-month suspension from coaching and attend a coaching clinic, said his lawyer, Thomas Amato.
Claflin's lawyer, Michael Callahan, said his client has no intention of pleading to the charge.