CLEBURNE — An Arlington high school football player admitted Friday in a Johnson County court that he sucker-punched a fellow student in a hallway of the Burleson high school he attended last fall.
Hunter Donnelly, 17, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. A trial had been set to begin Monday.
Donnelly, a senior starting linebacker at Arlington Martin High School and a Division I recruit committed to Colorado State, agreed to a sentence of five years’ deferred-adjudication probation and 180 days in the county jail, Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna told the Star-Telegram.
Donnelly will serve his sentence on nights and weekends, Hanna said. He will be released from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday to attend school. His first night in jail was Friday.
Donnelly transferred to Martin last semester from Burleson Centennial High School.
In December at Centennial, Hanna said, Donnelly punched another student several times. The other teen was wearing headphones and never saw Donnelly coming.
“This was caught on videotape,” Hanna said. The other student “was looking at something with his head down, and the defendant struck him and then hit him several more times.”
The student had to have jaw surgery.
A Johnson County grand jury indicted Donnelly on Feb. 5.
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