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Belardine will serve short jail sentence

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - The Jefferson County Court accepted former Steubenville High School volunteer football coach Matt Belardine's plea of no contest to making a false statement and enabling underage drinking charges that arose from the 2012 Steubenville teen rape investigation Tuesday.
Belardine was sentenced to 10 days in jail, one year of community control, and was fined $1,000 -- $500 for each count. He was also ordered 40 hours of community service
Two counts of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.
Belardine was indicted on the charges in November 2013 by the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed surrounding the Steubenville rape case. The charges relate to a party held at Belardine's home which was attended by the suspects and victim in the rape case. Belardine was a volunteer football coach at Steubenville High School and the only adult present at the August 2012 party.
His attorney said Belardine "did the right thing, just not quickly enough," meaning he tried to put a stop to the party at his home.
Belardine said he takes responsibility in the case and he learned the lesson to "always tell the truth."
The defense asked the court to consider a punishment that did not include jail sanctions.
Judge Patricia Cosgrove didn't buy it, saying Belardine did not appear to be remorseful. She wondered if he was sorry only because he got caught.
He will report to jail to begin serving his sentence at 10 a.m. Friday.

Belardine will serve short jail sentence

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