No Jail Time for Man Found Guilty of Assault at UVA

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A man will not spend any time in jail after he was found guilty Tuesday of four misdemeanor charges following an incident at the University of Virginia last year.

Investigators say that on April 29, 2012, 20-year-old Ryan Fenton pushed two female UVA students then followed them to their residence hall. That's when police say he broke into a first-floor room of that building through a window and assaulted a staff member when the man tried to get him out of the building.

In court Tuesday, Fenton's history of alcohol and substance abuse came to light, and it is believed that abuse contributed to that incident.

Judge Jay T. Swett found Fenton guilty of unlawful entry, two counts of assault and battery and underage possession of alcohol.

The judge sentenced Fenton to 170 days in jail, but all of that time was suspended.

He will have to spend two years on good behavior with no contact with alcohol or drugs. He will also have to serve 100 hours of community service, register with Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) and continue case management and therapy until his counselors deem the treatment no longer necessary.