SARASOTA - Referee Jayme Ream refused to let what happened on a football field like one last September scare him from doing what he loves.
On Thursday, Ream broke down in court while explaining to a judge how the events of that day left him physically scarred.
On the other side of the courtroom sat Dexter Austin one of three youth football coaches arrested for beating up the referee after an unpopular call. Today he apologized for his actions.
Prosecutors asked for a four- to six-month sentence citing the seriousness of the crime and the fact it played out in front of children.
Austin's attorney laid out a life led mostly as a model citizen, and pled for leniency.
In the end, Judge Berlin admitted she was bothered by what she saw on video.
Austin appeared to wipe away tears after the judge refused to withhold adjudication on the felony charge and sentenced the 44-year-old to 30 days in jail, three years of probation and four months of anger management classes.
The case may be over, but there are no winners. Ream will deal with his injuries the rest of his life and Dexter Austin will forever be labeled a convicted felon.
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