ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- A fan changed his mind and pleaded
no contest Friday to a charge of walking onto the court during a
November brawl at an NBA game.
Alvin Shackelford Jr. pleaded no contest to the charge of
violating an ordinance barring spectators from entering a
performance space. Joan Bacon, who represents the city of Auburn
Hills, recommended no jail time for the 21-year-old spectator.
A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated
the same as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes. Sentencing is March 16.
Shackelford was hit by Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest after
approaching the player on the court during the Nov. 19 melee at The
Palace. The charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $500
Earlier, Richard Alger, Shackelford's lawyer, chose to go
to trial after the judge refused to guarantee she would not
sentence his client to jail.
Asked about the day's developments, Shackelford said: "We'll
see how I feel later after sentencing."
Charlie Haddad, 21, also is to be sentenced March 16; he pleaded no contest last month to the same charge. Four other
Pistons fans and five Indiana players are charged with assault and
battery in the fight. Another fan, Bryant Jackson, has been ordered
to stand trial on a charge of felony assault for throwing a chair.