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Ex-Mustang To Plead Guilty in Fight

April 16, 1998

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ A former Phoenix Mustang banished for life from the West Coast Hockey League for bashing another player with his stick will plead guilty Thursday to one count of third-degree assault, the Pierce County prosecutor’s office said.

Jason MacIntyre, 25, will be treated as a first-time offender under the state’s Sentencing Reform Act when he is sentenced in Superior Court.

The prosecutor’s office is recommending that MacIntyre serve 24 months of community supervision, make restitution, complete an anger management course, pay $1,110 in court costs and penalties and have no contact with the victim, Thom Cullen.

MacIntyre originally was charged with second-degree assault, but the charge was reduced because he had no prior criminal history, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

MacIntyre, a defenseman originally from Novia Scotia, was kicked out of the league in January after swinging his hockey stick with both hands and hitting Cullen in the nose during a game against the Sabercats at the Tacoma Dome.

Cullen’s nose was fractured in several places and he received several large gashes to the face.

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