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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Raiders LB Rolando McClain sentenced to 180 days in jail for assault, other criminal charges

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in prison for assault and other charges after he allegedly threatened to kill a man in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. last November.


Rolando McClain, former Alabama and current Oakland Raiders linebacker, leaves City Hall, Thursday in Decatur, Ala., after being found guilty of all counts in his trial for third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm inside the city limits. (Bob Gathany - The Huntsville Times/AP)
During a five-hour trial, Rishard Tapscott testified that McClain fired a gun next to his ear after pointing it at his head. Decatur Municipal Judge Bill Cook convicted the 22-year-old of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits. McClain was also fined $2,000.

McClain was found guilty of four criminal charges, each carrying a 45-day jail sentence, as reported by the Associated Press. He was released on bail.

McClain’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said he plans to appeal the verdict and seek a jury trial.

“I wanted to put this on so we could show how ridiculous this entire situation is,” Steinberg said after Cook’s ruling. “It truly is. There’s no basis for it. Our feeling was that we should go through it so we could put out there that Rolando did very little, if anything, wrong. He certainly didn’t do anything criminal.”

Earlier this week, the Decatur Daily released a composite video that was submitted anonymously and claims to show the alleged incident.

“It’s obvious that McClain has been edited out of parts of it, but it matches up perfectly with (the victim)’s statements of it,” attorney Carl Cole said. “I think this shows that there may be cracks in Willingham and McClain’s circle of friends. They may not all be willing to hide what happened that night.”

Cook did not allow the prosecution to introduce the video in the case.

Another man, Jarodiaus Willingham, pled guilty to third-degree assault for the incident and received a 90-day jail sentence.

“I hate that this took place but I’m glad about him being found guilty because it shows that I wasn’t lying,” Tapscott told the AP.

A former Alabama star and the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, McClain had 99 tackles and five sacks last season. He is about enter the third year of a five-year, $40 million rookie contract.

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