Students involved in fight with coach plead guilty

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 28, 2008


Two Southside High School seniors involved in a fight last fall with football coach Christopher Raymond pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault III charges in District Court.

Clenton English, 18, and Glenn McDaniels, 18, were sentenced to a year in jail and 24 months probation. The year was suspended by Judge Bob Armstrong, but the two youths must spend 12 weekends in the Dallas County Jail.

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District Attorney Michael Jackson prosecuted the case.

The students were involved in the fight late last year. McDaniel left campus with two other students, which prompted the football coach to notify the principal. After McDaniel returned to campus, he confronted the football coach.

One of the students who left with McDaniel, Edward Fears, testified during a hearing last year that the coach pushed McDaniel and punched him in the face.

Raymond said the punch was thrown in self defense after McDaniel and Fears threatened and cursed him several times, then attacked him. Raymond and McDaniel went to the school&8217;s office after the incident had cooled down.