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Police: Catlett had no connection with stabbing at college fraternity

May 31, 2002

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A Hedgesville High School graduate pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a March incident that ended in the stabbing of another student at the University of New Hampshire.

Brady Catlett, 21, a 1999 Hedgesville graduate and a member of the University of New Hampshire basketball team, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor riot charge.

Catlett and teammate Ronnie Dennis, 19, of New York, were originally charged with felony riot and criminal mischief, but those charges were reduced to misdemeanor riot as a result of the plea bargain.

The two players will serve two days in the Strafford County Jail. They had nothing to do with the stabbing, according to police. They were not suspended from the basketball team.

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Matthew Bown, of Stoughton, Mass., was stabbed in the back, chest and arm in what police said was a fight outside the Zeta Chi fraternity house March 1 that got out of hand. Bown was treated at a hospital and released.

Doni Dale Thompson, 22, whose last-known address was Newmarket, N.H., has been indicted on charges of stabbing and wounding Bown and threatening two others.

Police said neither the basketball players nor the university have any connection to Thompson.

A third basketball player, Allen Gould, 21, of Lowell, Mich., who also had nothing to do with the stabbing, accepted a negotiated plea for misdemeanor charges of riot and criminal mischief, according to Durham police. He was sentenced to one year in the jail with all but one weekend suspended.

In addition, Gould received two years of probation, was fined $1,000, and ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution, perform 100 hours of community service and undergo a substance abuse evaluation.

Gould was removed from the basketball team prior to the arrests for violating the university's code of conduct, Coach Phil Rowe said earlier.

"It's really disorderly conduct by more than one person," said Stuart Dedopoulos, the lawyer for Catlett and Dennis, about the incident. "And what my two guys did was act noisy and disorderly with another person (Gould)."

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