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Cedric Everson guilty of assault

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- After 11 hours of deliberation, former Hawkeye wide receiver Cedric Everson has been found guilty of assault.

Everson  was originally charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse but the charges were reduced to Third Degree Sexual Abuse, Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse and Assault on Tuesday.

Everson, 21, was accused of sexually assaulting a female student athlete in a dorm room in 2007.

The trial began on January 10 with jury selection and opening arguments took place on January 11.  That was also the day the alleged victim took the stand. 

Some key witnesses were called to the stand on January 13, with Kirk Ferentz, Abe Satterfield and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos all testifying.

Then on January 14, Everson's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the Second Degree Sexual Abuse charge against his client.

After a four and a half day break, court reconvened on January 18.  That was when Judge Paul Miller ruled there was enough evidence to move forward with the trial, but only on lesser charges. The charges were dropped from Second Degree Sexual Abuse and the jury could find him guilty of either Third Degree Sexual Abuse, Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse or Assault.

Then on Thursday morning, after 11 hours of deliberation, the jury came back, finding Everson guilty of assault.  In Iowa, assault is a simple misdemeanor.  Everson will likely pay a fine but serve no jail time.

Everson's teammate, Abe Satterfield, was also charged in this case, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of Assault with Intent to Cause Serious Injury last year in exchange for his testimony in Everson's trial.

Everson's sentencing is scheduled for February 25.  He faces no more than 30 days in jail and a fine.

Satterfield is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

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