Man pleads guilty in ODU rugby assault case

Chris Slade

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man accused of assaulting three Old Dominion University rugby players last year has pleaded guilty.

On Tuesday, Chris Slade pled guilty to one count of malicious wounding and one count of malicious wounding while part of a mob, according to Amanda Howie with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Norfolk police said Slade was part of a mob that attacked three Old Dominion University rugby players at an off-campus home on  Melrose Parkway last November.

The rugby team’s captain, Michael Rigual, was seriously injured and needed plates put in his jaw. A second student suffered a fractured eye socket and a third student was also treated for injuries.

Slade has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Sept. 11.



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