Serb Basketball Player Pleads Guilty in Beating of Brooklyn Student

Monday, Sep 27, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Serb Basketball Player Pleads Guilty in Beating of Brooklyn Student

Miladin Kovacevic, a Serbian basketball player, fled the United States after a bar brawl that left a fellow American college student hospitalized for months.

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A Serb basketball player has pleaded guilty to beating an American student into a coma. The plea was part of a bargain under which Miladin Kovacevic is expected to serve about two years in prison in his homeland.

Under the agreement, Kovacevic, 23, could be sentenced to two years and three months for the beating of Bryan Steinhauer of Brooklyn in May 2008 near Binghamton University. Three months of that has been served already in the U.S. and Serbia.

The Obama administration says it is disappointed with the plea deal. The case strained relations between Serbia and the United States.

The First Municipal Court in Belgrade says Monday it will mail its final ruling to Kovacevic. It did not say when.

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