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Va. teen sentenced in assault of ex-NFL player

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 10:42am  ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A Chesapeake teenager has been sentenced to five years in prison for an attack on former NFL player Ed Beard.

Media outlets report that 18-year-old Jalen Riddick will receive credit for time served in juvenile detention. He was sentenced Monday in Chesapeake Circuit Court.

Riddick is one of five teens who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the assault. The others are awaiting sentencing.

Police say Beard was riding his bicycle in his neighborhood on Oct. 23, 2011, when he came upon several youths fighting on school baseball field. When Beard tried to stop the fight, he was surrounded and some of the youths started hitting him.

The 71-year-old Beard suffered a concussion, a black eye and bruises.

Beard played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1965 to 1972.


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