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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

Former Iowa Hawkeye defensive back Cedric Everson was sentenced on Friday morning for his role in the assault of a female athlete in a dorm room in October of 2007.

He apologized in front of District Court Judge Paul Miller for his actions, and told the court he has changed for the better.

"I feel like I really learned my lesson.  I've been through a lot and I've really matured from the situation," Everson said.

The defense asked Judge Miller for no jail time, citing that former teammate Abe Satterfield was allowed to avoid further time behind bars, after accepting a plea deal to testify against Everson.

The prosecution argued that Everson deserved a maximum 30 day jail sentence given the nature of the assault.

Judge Miller settled somewhere between, sentencing Everson to seven days in jail.

Miller had a strong message for Everson afterwards.

"Regardless of the level of crime the jury convicted you of, you should be ashamed of your conduct that resulted in the conviction for assault.  You came here to Iowa City as a football player at the University of Iowa.  You're looked up to by people throughout the state of Iowa," Miller said.

Everson was found guilty of misdemeanor assault on Jan. 19.

He was originally charged with second degree sexual abuse, but the charges were reduced and the jury was instructed that they could find him guilty of either third degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse or assault. The jury deliberated for 11 hours before returning the verdict.

Former teammates Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Abe Satterfield along with head coach Kirk Ferentz took the stand during the trial.

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.  In March he was sentenced to two days in jail, a fine of $625, and $326 in restitution to the victim. A no contact order against him has been extended for five years.

Judge Miller also handed down a five year no contact order against Everson. 

Everson will be allowed to finish up a summer class, and will begin serving his time on July 15.

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