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

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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

Thursday, February 14, 2013
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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.


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Unbelievable. I would drop this guy. :)

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
February 14, 2013 at 11:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Monday morning quarterboteskie

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 12:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

$42,000 in restitution, that's the way to get out of Felony's, the PAY-OFF!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 7:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why would the victim getting restitution be considered a pay-off?

SB2SB (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The court system seems more interested in generating revenue than actually serving justice. This guy fractured the victim's skull and sent him to the hospital. If he'd been convicted of a felony, like he should have been, the perpetrator would have lost his NFL career and not been able to pony up the $42,000.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Victim restitution > "criminal justice"

loonpt (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The defendant ultimately took responsibility for his actions and made restitution to the victim. Also, the defendant does not have a a record of committing similar violent crimes. If none of this were true, then the disposition of the case would have been different. He's on probation for the next three years, and he has terms and conditions of probation to fulfill.

The $42,000 the defendant paid went to the victim. My guess is that $42,000 pretty much covers the victim's medical expenses and the damage to the victim's residence. I don't see where the defendant has to pay any fine, so it isn't about generating revenue. IMO the outcome was probably appropriate.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sickening. This is celebrity-fawning b.s. which only makes the SB Courts' corruption more transparent than ever.
Let's go back a year or two...there was guy who was trying to prevent a "stripper" (with a rap sheet of multiple thefts/ripoffs) from ripping him off in a motel room in Carp, and a jury found him guilty of busting her in the face. Similar injuries as Misi's victim, half as serious, half the med costs/restitution. Like Misi, no priors. The guy in Carp went to trial to defend himself against an insane publicity-craving DA's overcharging. As it was described in the press, he claimed "defense of self and property", but a jury of whackos who delivered a verdict on the eve of Fiesta (one of them even appeared in court dressed in mariachi costume!) sent the guy to prison for ten years. Same charges. Ten years. He's gone. Oh...but the guy wasn't an NFL star. THAT was his real crime. SB Courts should hang its head in shame...but Dudley and her crew are shameless.

Beachgirl77 (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 7:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Money talks, and football players walk ala OJ.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
February 16, 2013 at 11:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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