Former RCTC football player pleads guilty in assault cases

(ABC 6 News) – One of two former RCTC football players facing assault charges after an Oct. 2021 fight with another team’s coach entered a guilty plea in Olmsted County Court.

Shan Fiorenza, who faced 2021 charges of felony assault in the 3rd degree — substantial bodily harm, misdemeanor assault in the 5th degree — fear of bodily harm or death, and misdemeanor assault in the 5th degree– inflict or attempt bodily harm, pleaded guilty to 3rd-degree assault.

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Akim Richmond, who faces identical charges after the 2021 altercation, will appear in court for another hearing Nov. 22.

Fiorenza also faced charges of 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and fleeing police on foot after allegedly pointing a gun into a crowd during a June 2022 fight on downtown Broadway.

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Fiorenza pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possessing a pistol in a public place without obtaining a permit to openly carry the weapon.

His presumptive sentence of 1 year and 1 day in jail will be stayed, and he will receive probation, according to court documents.

Fiorenza’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2023.