Fired by KSU, Bennett now faces charges

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Kentucky State University basketball coach Winston Bennett -fired Thursday for hitting a player - has been charged with fourth-degree assault, according to a local prosecutor.

Attorney Rick Sparks, an assistant in County Attorney Jim Boyd's office, said Friday the charge is a class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of $500 fine and up to a year in jail.

"There was enough alleged and corroborated to formally charge (Bennett)," Sparks said.

Bennett's criminal defense attorney, Frank Mascagni of Louisville, said he accepted a criminal summons on Bennett's behalf Friday morning at the Franklin County sheriff's office. An arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 13, when Bennett will plead not guilty, Mascagni said.

Under a misdemeanor assault charge, Bennett could be tried in District Court by a panel of six jurors. Mascagni said he is optimistic the matter can be settled before that happens.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.