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Redskins’ Leslie Shepherd Pleads Guilty to Battery

July 3, 1996

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) _ Washington Redskins wide receiver Leslie Shepherd has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery for punching a woman in the nose last summer.

Shepherd, 27, the Redskins’ No. 3 wide receiver, probably won’t receive jail time, according to Allegany County State’s Attorney Lawrence Kelly. Kelly said he expects sentencing within six weeks, after a presentencing investigation.

``I would suspect that a suspended sentence would probably be appropriate in this case,″ Kelly said, citing Shepherd’s lack of a criminal record.

If Shepherd receives probation as expected, he would not have a criminal record, Kelly said.

A county grand jury indicted Shepherd in April after Cindy Lynn Spataro, 23, of Frostburg said he broke her nose during an argument in a parked car early in the morning of Aug. 17 at the end of the Redskins’ training camp at Frostburg State University.

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