Joseph Stephans, accused of breaking a referee’s glasses at a youth basketball game, has been found guilty, fined $300 and ordered to pay $2,396 in restitution.
The 54-year-old Bellevue man pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery in the Feb. 3 incident. He was found guilty May 30.
Stephans was accused of grabbing referee Carlos Bradford’s eyeglasses and breaking them after a seventh-grade Catholic boys basketball game. Stephans’ son played for St. Mary School in Bellevue, which lost to St. Margaret Mary in Omaha.
After Stephans grabbed Bradford’s glasses, there was a brief struggle, which parents broke up. Bradford, 54, called Omaha police.
The maximum penalty that Stephans faced was six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Prosecutor Mike Getty dropped a charge of damage to property but pursued the assault-and-battery charge at Bradford’s insistence.
Stephans said after an his initial court appearance that he regretted his actions.