Appeal denied in deliberate baseball beaning

May 13, 2008 7:27:44 AM PDT
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected the appeal of a former youth baseball coach convicted of offering a player $25 to bean a 9-year-old autistic teammate.

The court didn't consider arguments on behalf of 31-year-old Mark Downs Jr. of Dunbar, saying his attorney missed a filing deadline by two weeks.

Downs has been sentenced to one-to-six years in prison, but has remained free on bond pending appeal.

Downs was convicted of corruption of minors and simple assault for offering an 8-year-old player money to hit a mildly autistic teammate with a ball during warmups before a June 2005 playoff game.

Prosecutors say Downs wanted the autistic boy to be hurt and unable to play in the game.

It's not clear if Downs will file further appeals.

Information from: Herald-Standard,