July 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Ex-UM football player gets probation, community service for assaulting girlfriend

Darryl Stonum played for Michigan from 2008-10. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Pontiac — A former University of Michigan football player convicted of assaulting his girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service.

Last month, an Oakland Circuit Court jury found Darryl Stonum, 24, guilty of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and one count of felonious assault.

Stonum, a former wide receiver at Michigan who spent the last 23 days in jail, apologized to the victim in court before Judge James Alexander chastised him during the sentencing.

“You had it all,” said Alexander, shaking his head in disbelief. “The taxpayers have paid a lot of money for you. ... A football player beating up a woman is ridiculous.”

During Stonum’s trial, jurors heard his ex-girlfriend testify about physical abuse during the couple’s two-year relationship in Michigan, then Texas and then back to Michigan when the final incidents occurred at a Southfield apartment in September and October 2013. The woman jumped a fence and hid in woods outside the apartment after Stonum threatened her with a hammer and a knife.

Stonum played for Michigan between 2008 and 2010 but left the team and school after being found in violation of team rules.

The woman moved with Stonum, a Texas native, after he transferred to Baylor University in that state. He followed her back to Michigan in 2013 after a domestic incident that went unreported in Texas, according to court records.

Alexander ordered Stonum not to possess drugs or alcohol or visit establishments that serve alcohol. Stonum also must be tested three times a week for substances.

Stonum told the courtroom he realizes he is “more than a football player” but hopes to someday coach or work with youth.

Stonum faced a potential four years in prison for the assault charge but received consideration because he had no prior criminal record. The domestic violence offense is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Alexander ordered Stonum to serve 23 days in jail, with credit for time served and 500 hours of community service with Oakland Children Services. Stonum can have no contact with his ex-girlfriend and must pay nearly $3,000 in court costs, fines and medical bills.

Raymond Cassar, Stonum’s attorney, asked Alexander to permit Stonum to serve out his probation period and conditions in his native Texas.

Alexander said he would not even consider the request until community service was completed and fines paid but he was doubtful “Texas wants our problems.”

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