Bellevue Man Sentenced In Referee Assault

Posted 10 months ago

By Scott Carlson

gavel(AP) — A judge has fined a Bellevue man and ordered him to pay restitution after he pleaded no contest to assaulting a referee at his son’s church league basketball game earlier this year.

Joseph Stephans must pay a $300 fine and $2,396 in restitution for the Feb. 3 incident.

Last month, Stephans pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and apologized for his actions.

Prosecutors say Stephans grabbed referee Carlos Bradford’s glasses and broke them before briefly struggling with the referee at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, where Stephans’ son was playing in a seventh-grade basketball game. Other parents broke up the confrontation.