Koa Misi, with attorney Adam Braun, in Santa Barbara Superior Court (April 20, 2012)

Paul Wellman

Koa Misi, with attorney Adam Braun, in Santa Barbara Superior Court (April 20, 2012)

Dolphins Linebacker Sentenced for Isla Vista Battery

Koa Misi Ordered to Probation, Anger Management Classes, Community Service

As expected, a Santa Barbara judge granted Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi’s request to drop his felony battery charge to a misdemeanor at Misi’s sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.

According to prosecutor Anthony Davis, Misi received three years of misdemeanor probation at his sentencing and was ordered to complete 12 sessions of anger management and 400 hours of community service. Misi paid restitution — money for the victim’s hospital bills and damage to a door and phone — upfront.

In April 2011, authorities said, Misi punched through the front door of an Isla Vista apartment and then hit a man in the face, fracturing his orbital socket. Misi had reacted to another man yelling from the apartment balcony. Misi was arrested for the incident in March 2012.

The crime was a wobbler, meaning it could be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor. Because of Misi’s lack of criminal history and because he paid the $42,000 in restitution, the court dropped it to a misdemeanor.

Misi will be back in court in June for a status check on his community service and anger management classes.

The 6’ 3”, 257-pound Misi just finished up his third season with the Dolphins, and despite hurting his ankle in a December 9 loss to San Francisco and missing two games, he had career highs in tackles and forced fumbles. He finished the season with 65 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Dolphins.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Amtrak Strikes Man on Tracks in Montecito

A man was killed this morning on the railroad tracks near Montecito's Olive Mill Road.

Montecito Manhunt Underway for Third Suspect

Police have been searching since Wednesday evening for three burglary suspects; two are in custody.

Cruces Fire Update

Thursday morning report from County Fire expects full containment by this evening.

Young and Poor in Santa Barbara

Teens gathered for annual summit on safety and wellness.

County Redistricting Measures Head to Ballot

Voters will decide on a commission to change supervisor district boundaries.