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Dad seeks leniency after fight outside of son’s hockey game

February 26, 2020 GMT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who got into a fight while leaving his son’s hockey game last month has asked for leniency.

Matthey Zolin, 51, made a brief appearance before a judge at a Stamford courthouse where his lawyer applied to a diversionary program for first-time offenders that will result in his charges being expunged, the Greenwich Time reported Wednesday.

The Greenwich resident was arrested on Jan. 31, along with another father, after the two began fighting while exiting a game where their sons played against each other.

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Both men were charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault and interfering with police. Officials said the altercation became physical after one of the two said something denigrating about the abilities of the other’s son.

Prosecutors have made no objection to Zolin’s application to enter the diversionary program. If he is granted acceptance and successfully completes the program, the charges against him will be expunged and his criminal record will remain clean.

“Mr. Zolin is sincerely remorseful for his involvement in this unprecedented circumstances in his life, and relates his respect and concern for officer Anna Edwards,” his attorney, Christian Young, said.