An LSU student has learned the cost of stripping naked and running across the field in Tiger Stadium during a football game: $1,624.75.
That's what Bretton Somers was ordered to pay Monday after accepting a plea deal that allowed him to escape a felony rap.
Instead of having to face the charge of obscenity, Somers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of disturbing the peace, resisting an officer and criminal trespass. State District Judge Richard Anderson ordered Somers to pay a $500 fine, $500 to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, $300 to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, $200 to the LSU Police Department and $124.75 in court costs.
Anderson also forbid Somers from attending any sporting events at LSU while on probation for a year.
Somers, 33, and his attorney Alex St. Amant declined comment after the hearing.
Prosecutor Tracey Barbera said Somers'actions could not go unpunished.
"The important thing is that he accepted responsibility and he's facing consequences for his actions,"Barbera said."This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
According to a sheriff's office affidavit, Somers ran onto the LSU field on Sept. 4, 2004 _ a rainy night in Tiger Stadium where thousands of fans gathered for a football game against Oregon State.
Deputies said Somers was extremely intoxicated but Barbera said that does not excuse his actions. The affidavit said that Somers was already naked when he got onto the field in the northwest end of the football field. He then ran toward the middle of the football field and eluded several deputies and officers from LSU and Louisiana State Police.
Police estimated between 80,000 and 90,000 people were in the stadium when Somers ran across the field.
An obscenity charge carries a minimum sentence of six months in jail. First offenders face up to three years and a fine of up to $2,500.
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