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November 29, 2012

Ala. man gets 2 years in jail for nasty BCS video

— NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Alabama man got a dressing-down and two years in prison for rubbing his genitals on an unconscious LSU fan in a Bourbon Street burger restaurant after the BCS national title game in January. A video of the incident went viral.

State District Judge Karen Herman told Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., that he's a bully who has permanently damaged someone else's life.

Downing declined to say anything before the judge sentenced him as part of a plea deal.

He pleaded guilty in October to two counts of obscenity. Prosecutors dropped a charge of sexual battery, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The incident took place last January after Alabama defeated LSU at the Superdome to claim the BCS title.

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