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Alabama fan in post-BCS Championship Game assault of LSU fan gets two years in prison

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Brian Downing, better known as the Alabama fan who exposed his genitals and rubbed them on the face of a passed-out LSU fan in New Orleans after the Crimson Tide's BCS Championship Game win last season, was sentenced to spend two years in prison.

The Times-Picayune reported that Downing pleaded guilty last month to two obscenity counts in a deal to avoid a trial on the original charge of sexual battery, which could have meant a 10-year sentence and having to register as a sex offender.

The incident took place at a Krystal Burger on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and video of it quickly went viral online. Downing and the victim both talked to ESPN.com for a long story earlier this year.

The Times-Picayune said Criminal Court Judge Karen Herman called Downing a "bully" during the sentencing.

"You chose wisely to enter into this plea bargain," Herman said, according to the paper. "The actions that you took on Jan. 9 of this year were morally reprehensible, there's no way around it."

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