Virginia State's Lamont Britt pleads guilty in Winston-Salem assault case

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Virginia State player Lamont Britt was sentenced to 45 days in jail on a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State QB Rudy Johnson before the CIAA Championship Game.

The two teams were at a banquet on Friday, November 15 when Johnson was assaulted in the bathroom. After the incident happened, the game was canceled and Virginia State was deemed ineligible for postseason play.

From the AP:

Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.

Britt, a sophomore running back, was charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting injury. He pled guilty to a charge of simple assault. After the assault happened, Winston-Salem coach Connell Maynor said Johnson had a busted eye and a split lip.

Johnson was confronted by multiple Virginia State players but identified Britt as the person who hit him.

In February, an attorney hired by Virginia State to investigate the incident said it was not premeditated.

Before he was sentenced Tuesday, Britt was suspended for the spring semester and ordered by the school to complete 30 hours of community service and attend anger management classes. He's not currently listed on the school's football roster.

Winston-Salem lost to Shepherd in the second round of the Division II playoffs. Before the playoffs began, Johnson was 9-0 as the team's starting quarterback.

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