Charges reduced for 3 Indians minor leaguers
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Charges have been reduced against three minor-league Cleveland Indians players who police say were part of a nightclub attack that left a man with lung and rib injuries.
Akron Aeros first baseman Beau Mills, Aeros outfielder Jerad Head and Columbus Clippers pitcher Josh Tomlin had been charged with felonious assault in June.
Their cases were transferred Thursday from a Summit County court to the lower Akron Municipal Court after a grand jury indicted them on lesser charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The maximum sentence on the misdemeanor count is 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Mills, 23, of Visalia, Calif., is the son of Houston Astros manager Brad Mills.
The charges stem from a June 3 fight at Whiskey Dick's in Akron.
The injured man, Theodore Zeman III, told police that a group of ballplayers were taunting him while he was at the bar, then assaulted him after he raised his hand in a gesture to stop them, according to a police report. Zeman, 25, of Seven Hills, spent at least two days in the hospital after suffering a punctured lung and rib fractures in the brawl, police said.
Attorney Robert Meeker, who represents the 25-year-old Tomlin of Whitehouse, Texas, told the Akron Beacon Journal that Tomlin acted in self-defense and that the reduced charges prove the players did not start the fight.
James Burdon, an attorney representing Mills and Head, 27, of Topeka, Kan., said he still expects the case to go to trial because the players did not break the law.
A spokeswoman for the county prosecutor declined to comment to the newspaper on the reduction of charges.