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Man sentenced after guilty plea in Flint River assault case

MADISON COUNTY, Alabama – A man is behind bars more than two years after police said he physically assaulted a teenager who was kayaking on the Flint River with friends. Two other people originally charged in the incident had a different outcome.

Last year, the criminal trial of three people accused of assaulting an 18-year-old Huntsville high school student was postponed. Authorities say that in June 2019, Zach Young, Jordan English and Brittany Pratt assaulted a group of school students while they were floating down the famous waterway in a kayak.

Young and English have been charged with breaking the nose and eye socket of 18-year-old Collins Nelson. Pratt was charged with punching a teenage girl in the face. However, English and Pratt would not see jail time. Their files were dropped.

Meanwhile, Young pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He went to Madison County Jail on Monday. Madison County Circuit Judge James Smith sentenced Young to 120 days in jail.
He was also ordered to serve two years of probation, including compulsory community service.

Months before conviction, Young was ordered to pay $ 250,000 in addition to court costs in a lawsuit filed by Collin Nelson’s family.

It is still unclear why the other two files of the original defendants were dropped.