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Duerson sentenced for battery

Mary Kate Malone | Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Former Irish football captain Dave Duerson, who resigned from the University Board of Trustees last February, was sentenced Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery that took place last February on the Notre Dame campus.

St. Joseph County Superior Court Magistrate Richard McCormick ordered Duerson, 45, to pay a fine of $950 plus court costs in addition to a $50 state-required fee. He will not face any jail time or probation.

Duerson was charged with two counts of battery and two counts of domestic battery in February 2005 after he pushed his wife, Alicia, out the door and into a wall outside their hotel room at the Morris Inn, police said. The couple, from Highland Park, Ill., was on campus for the winter Board of Trustees meeting.

On Jan. 17, Duerson pleaded guilty to the domestic battery charge in exchange for the dismissal of three other counts against him, Catherine Wilson, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, told the Associated Press in January.

Duerson had been a University trustee since 2001 and president of the Notre Dame Monogram Club since 2003. He resigned from both positions following the charges.

A 1983 graduate, Duerson was a two-time All-American defensive back for Notre Dame, where he played from 1979-83.

He went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl honors four times and winning two Super Bowl titles – first with the Chicago Bears in 1985 and later with the New York Giants in 1991.

Duerson is president and CEO of Duerson Foods, LLC.