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Former Raiders coach Randy Hanson convicted of felony battery

4/30/2013 10:22:08 AM
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A former Oakland Raiders football coach faces up to four years in state prison for striking another man in the face with a beer bottle at a Pismo Beach bar last summer, Cynthia Lambert of the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.

On Monday, jurors in Randy Hanson’s assault trial found him guilty of felony battery, though they rejected an enhancement that could have strengthened his punishment at sentencing.

Hanson, who was working as a Cal Poly assistant football coach at the time, was also found guilty of misdemeanor assault — a reduction of a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon — for hitting James Kelsey, now 52, who suffered a broken nose and concussion in the Aug. 4 incident.

Those charges carry a sentence of up to four years in state prison, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Defense attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu said he would move to reduce the felony battery charge to a misdemeanor at the time of sentencing, which is scheduled for June 10.

Hanson 45, didn’t comment outside the courtroom after the verdict was read, but he appeared upset with the decision.

Hanson garnered national attention in 2009 after Raiders head coach Tom Cable allegedly threw him off a chair during a coach’s meeting, breaking Hanson's jaw. No criminal charges were filed against Cable.

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