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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- A former youth baseball coach has been found guilty of punching a 16-year-old umpire and ordered to pay $860 to the teen for his medical bills.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a judge found Samuel Cody guilty this week of misdemeanor simple assault and ordered him to make restitution.
Assistant District Attorney Dustin Dow said the judge rejected arguments from Cody's attorney who said he acted in self-defense.
Police said the umpire was struck after the coach started to argue with him over a call in a game in May at a Fletcher park for 11- and 12-year-olds