NEWS: Widow Of A Referee Shows Her Husband's Killer Red Card At Prosecution

John Bieniewicz And His Family



DETROIT

John Bieniewicz
The case against Bassel Saad has put a spotlight on out-of-control recreational athletes and inspired Michigan lawmakers to consider new crimes for assaults on sports referees.
Saad, 37, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, admitting he punched referee John Bieniewicz during a game last summer at a Livonia park. Bieniewicz, 44, was preparing to call a penalty that would have ejected the Dearborn auto mechanic from the game.

Saad, admits striking referee John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits) during a game last summer at a Livonia park. 

He died two days later.
Saad Would be Facing 8yrs At Least In Prison
A red card signals ejection in soccer.
In a dramatic moment, Bieniewicz' wife, Kris Bieniewicz, held up a red card in court Friday, signaling the ejection. Saad expressed remorse although he had his back to the gallery and didn't see it.
Kris Bieniewicz said the sentence and plea deal were generous.
"It's murder. It will always be murder in my eyes," she told the judge.
Saad will be eligible for parole after eight years. His maximum punishment is 15 years in prison.
He expressed remorse and said he prays for Bieniewicz' family, which includes two children.
The sentence ordered by Wayne County Judge Thomas Cameron followed the plea deal reached in February by prosecutors and Saad. The judge called Bieniewicz' death a "childish, senseless act" and said Saad symbolizes for many the stunning level of violence in community sports.
"Our hearts are broken," said mother Barbara Bieniewicz.

He will be eligible for parole after eight years. His maximum punishment is 15 years in prison.     

The pitch on which the murder took place


Video Source: Daily Mirror

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