UT’s Ballard found guilty, placed on probationWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After being removed from the University of Toledo football team on May 25 stemming from a felonious assault charge, senior Isaiah Ballard has been found guilty of a lesser charge.
Ballard was found guilty of the first degree misdemeanor “Assault Knowingly Attempt or Cause Physical Harm to Another or Another’s Unborn.” The charge was amended to a lesser infraction upon recommendation by the prosecutor for “good cause shown.” He will be placed on probation and the case has been continued to Aug. 17.
“I was blessed today I thank everyone for praying and belieaving (sic) this will be behind me,” wrote Ballard on his Facebook page after the ruling.
The incident took place on May 15 when Ballard assaulted 23-year-old UT graduate and current Bowling Green graduate student Carlos Ruiz, breaking his jaw and bruising his face, throat and eye.
Ruiz will be receiving restitution for his medical bills as part of the sentencing requirements attached to Ballard’s probation.
Ruiz had his jaw wired shut for a month and said he lost 17 pounds since the incident.
Ballard has left the University of Toledo after his scholarship was removed by the team. The Toledo-native has 10 priors on his record dating back to Sept. 2007, nine of which he has been found guilty.
Ballard was also found guilty on July 1 on the charge “Open Container any other Public Place” and is required to pay a $50 fine and $64 in costs.
Along with both July rulings, Ballard has been convicted of “Disorderly Conduct; Engage in Fight/Threaten,” “Loitering; Obstruct Free Passage of Pedestrians or Vehicles” and “Failure to Disperse” since 2008. He also has four traffic violations on his record.
Ballard started all 13 games last year at the “star” position, a linebacker/safety hybrid, where he finished third on UT with 83 tackles to go along with two interceptions and five pass breakups.