Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Friday, August 22, 2014
Friend of NFL footballer sentenced

A man who was with a Baltimore Ravens player when both attacked several people in March at an Old Town strip club was given the same sentence as his football playing co-defendant.

As part of his sentence, the misdemeanor charges against Benjamin Buxton, 23, could be dropped if he completes a year-long pretrial diversion program.

Buxton has to complete an anger management course, complete 75 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to his victims, undergo urine tests, and not return to the Durty Harry's complex, according to court records.

He could successfully complete the program in nine months as part of the early termination option.

If he completes the course, the state would dismiss the charges against him, records state.

Buxton was sentenced July 31 before county Judge Wayne Miller. His co-defendant, Jah Reid, 25, was sentenced in June before county Judge Peary Fowler.

Buxton and Reid were arrested in March after witnesses told police the two men attacked several people at the Red Garter Saloon strip club on Duval Street, according to Key West police incident reports.

Both were charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Police were called to the club at 2 a.m. when Buxton was shocked with a Taser by a club security guard, reports state.

The incident reportedly started when a patron bumped into Reid, who then head-butted him, punched him and then kicked him when he was on the ground.

Reid then allegedly punched a security guard attempting to break up the fight. Buxton joined the fray and began punching the man, reports state. Another security guard was also hit trying to break up the melee.

Police reviewed the security video footage that showed Reid as the instigator of the scuffle, reports state.

Reid is a 6-foot-7-inch, 335-pound tackle from Haines City drafted in 2011 from the University of Central Florida, according to his NFL profile. Buxton does not play in the NFL.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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