Former RCTC Football Player Sentenced For Assaulting Coach
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A former RCTC Football player has been sentenced to five years on probation for a felony assault conviction.
22-year-old Shan Fiorenza was sentenced this afternoon for assaulting an opposing coach after a fight broke out following a Yellowjacket football game in October 2021. The Chicago man earlier entered a guilty plea to a third-degree assault charge in exchange for the dismissal of two misdemeanor assault charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Fiorenza and another former RCTC football player were arrested on the night of October 24, 2021, after members of the RCTC football squad and an opposing team got into an argument that escalated into a brawl following a game between the two teams. A coach for Minnesota West Community and Technical College told police he saw Fiorenza throwing some punches and tried to intercede. The coach stated that Fiorenza then punched him in the face five times, and with the help of another RCTC player, threw him to the ground and continued assaulting him. The court document says the victim ended up losing consciousness and suffered a concussion.
The other RCTC player, 22-year-old Akeem Richmond of Texas, previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to one year on probation.
Fiorenza also entered a guilty plea to a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit in a public place. That charge stemmed from an incident in downtown Rochester last June. He was accused of pointing a handgun at a group of people during an argument with them at the corner of South Broadway and Third Street Southwest. An officer witnessed the incident and was able to apprehend Fiorenza when a bystander stuck out his leg and tripped Fiorenza as he was attempting to run away.
He was sentenced to two years probation for that conviction, which will run concurrently with his probation in the felony assault case.