Former University football player pleads guilty to assault and battery

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 6:30pm

Former University of Michigan football player Nate Johnson was sentenced to four days in jail and six months of probation Friday by Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault and battery charge from an incident on Sept. 30 after which a woman reported an assault to officers of the University’s Division of Public Safety and Security. The incident took place outside South Quad Residence Hall.

Johnson and the victim, who was present at the sentencing, declined to make statements during and after the proceedings. Johnson had a count of misdemeanor domestic violence dropped after he pleaded guilty to assault and battery. According to the Free Press, Hines added the jail time because of the particular “level of violence” displayed in the incident.

Johnson will be serving the four days in jail on two weekends later this month. Violation of his parole could result in up to about three more months of jail time.

Johnson was suspended from the University on Oct. 4, the same day that he was dismissed from the football program. His case will be reviewed by the court on May 18.