Ex-UNC Punter Sentenced

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for stabbing the starter in his kicking leg.

The 22-year-old Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming was found guilty in August on a charge of second-degree assault, but acquitted of an attempted first-degree murder charge in the stabbing of UNC starter Rafael Mendoza.

The stabbing occurred in September 2006.

Mendoza has since recovered and returned to the football team.

Cozad's mother and fiance are sticking by him.

They say Cozad has been spending his days in jail reading the Bible, playing chess, and envisioning a career as an attorney once he's out of prison.

He faces between five and 16 years behind bars.


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