Ex-Milwaukee TV reporter reaches deal in ballpark punch

MILWAUKEE — A former Milwaukee television reporter has reached a plea deal for punching a reporter from another station at a Brewers baseball game.

Former WITI-TV reporter Adair "A.J." Bayatpour would avoid a felony record under the deferred prosecution agreement.

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The 31-year-old Bayatpour was charged with battery for an incident at Miller Park in April. Police say he broke the nose of another man who was demanding an apology to his fiancee.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Bayatpour pleaded guilty Thursday, but the judge withheld conviction. If Bayatpour follows the terms of the deal, prosecutors will amend the charge to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanour.

Defence attorney Julius Kim says Bayatpour felt threatened when he instinctively struck first at the other reporter.

But the victim disputes the defence suggestion that he shared any blame for the fight.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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