Just Call Him The Alabama Pleabagger Now

They’re lettin’ this dude off the hook.

An Alabama man has pleaded guilty to two counts of obscenity for sexually taunting an unconscious LSU fan in a Bourbon Street restaurant after the BCS national title game in January.

Prosecutors said a deal reached Tuesday before the scheduled start of a trial for Brian H. Downing of Smith Station, Ala., calls for him to be sentenced to two years in jail. State District Judge Karen Herman set sentencing for Nov. 29.

A video that went viral on the Internet appeared to show someone in a University of Alabama jacket performing a simulated sex act on an unconscious man at the restaurant after the Crimson Tide beat LSU for the BCS football championship on Jan. 9. Downing had pleaded not guilty in May to charges of sexual battery and obscenity.

He refused to comment after the plea was entered by his attorney. The LSU fan, whose name has not been released, has sued Downing, asking damages for “mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, anxiety and depression … damage to reputation” and lost tuition payments “for having to withdraw from school.”

Two years sounds like a big deal. But WWL says he’s gonna do boot camp.

Downing was sentenced to two years in prison, although Judge Karen Herman recommended him for a boot camp program. After formal sentencing, Downing will report to prison on Nov. 29.

Downing’s two year obscenity sentence means he must serve 10 months under Louisiana law, but he avoids having to register as a sex offender.

Guess that’s all right.

We don’t gotta do all the jokes about how this guy’s gonna be on the receivin’ end of what he did at the KrystalBurger place on Bourbon Street, right? You guys saw that one comin’ a mile away, I bet.

And the SomeTimes-Picayune says he woulda got 10 years but for the deal his lawyers made…

Orleans Parish prosecutors and Downing’s attorneys bustled around Criminal District Judge Karen Herman’s courtroom for more than an hour before emerging with a deal.

Downing would have faced as much as a 10-year sentence and been forced to register as a sex offender if he were convicted on the sexual battery count.

He arrived before 9 a.m. and sat quietly in a dark suit with his lawyers, but then was hardly seen in the courtroom as his attorneys, Miles Swanson and Michael Kennedy, worked out the plea agreement with prosecutors behind closed doors.

Which pretty much means he’ll be outta jail while Saban is still the coach at Alabama.


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