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An Alabama fan will be sentenced to jail time for simulating a sexual act on an unconscious LSU fan after January’s BCS championship game, the Associated Press reports.
Brian H. Downing of Smith Station, Ala., pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of obscenity for the act on the LSU fan in a Bourbon Street fast food restaurant. The incident was captured on a video that was widely viewed on the Internet.
Prosecutors said a deal reached Tuesday, before the start of a trial, requires Downing to be sentenced to two years in jail, the AP said.
The actual sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 29. Downing declined to comment after the plea was entered.
The video showed a man, later identified as Downing, wearing a University of Alabama jacket and performing a simulated sex act on an unconscious man at the restaurant after the Crimson Tide beat LSU for the BCS championship Jan. 9.
The LSU fan, whose name has not been released, has sued Downing for “mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, anxiety and depression … damage to reputation” and lost tuition payments “for having to withdraw from school,” AP reported.
It was the second infamous incident involving an Alabama fan in the past two years.
Harvey Updyke is charged with applying herbicide on the oak trees in Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner after the Tigers defeated Alabama 28-27 during the 2010 football season.
Using the alias “Al from Dadeville,” Updyke allegedly called a Birmingham radio talk show after the incident to boast about it.
Updyke, 64, was arrested again last week in Hammond, La., for allegedly promising to “come back and take care of everyone” after he argued with a Lowe’s store employee over a refund for a returned lawnmower.
Updyke has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation.