Oklahoma sports fans may recognize the names of the athletes highlighted in this blog. Ty Hensley, former Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year, was the assaulted in an early morning scuffle at a home in The Village on December 28, 2014. The alleged aggressor is also a well-known Oklahoma athlete, Anthony David Morales who was a part of The Oklahomans Big All-City Team in 2008.
The two seemed to have gotten into an argument about signing bonuses for professional athletes. Witnesses say that that they saw Hensley unconscious while Morales ran from the home. Hensley is currently recovering from a broken jaw and a lost tooth from the fight. Prior to this incident, Hensley was a prospect for the New York Yankees. Morales has been charged with aggravated assault and battery. He has since been released on $8,000 bail.
Hensley's attorneys have publicly declared that their client was attacked unprovoked. However, Morales' legal counsel is looking forward to their day in court to prove that their client acted in self-defense. Joe White, defense attorney for Morales stated that Oklahoma law allows an individual to defend themselves when physically pursued. If the court believes Hensley's version of the story, Morales could face up to five years in prison for the assault.
Both sides will have the opportunity to plead their position in court. For anyone facing assault charges for a violent crime, the stakes are very high. There is the potential to lose one's freedom if found guilty. In this and all criminal cases, it is important to have experienced legal counsel that will ensure that the prosecution proves every element of the case.
Source: News Oklahoma, "New York Yankees prospect Ty Hensley severely injured in assault, authorities say," Nolan Clay, February 8, 2015