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VIDEO: Robert Hopkins Riding the Rail At Ralph Wilson Stadium



Here's the surveillance video released by the Erie County District Attorney's office, during the trial of Robert Hopkins, where he was found guilty of reckless endangerment and assualt, after falling from the upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium, onto another fan below.

He could face up to a year in jail when he's sentenced on Sept. 11.

In the the first four minutes of video you can see Hopkins slide down the railing in the lower right, before the video repeats in a much more close-up view for the final 5 minutes of the tape

SEE MORE ON THE TRIAL HERE


 

Stadium video surveillance revealed that Hopkins, 29, slid partway down a railing and climbed back up to his seat several times before falling backward on his fifth slide. He tumbled 20 to 25 feet and landed on Mark Bratcher, injuring the man's head, neck and back.

Hopkins was not seriously hurt. But after the incident during the Nov. 17 Bills-New York Jets game, he lost his job in advertising and public relations and was banned from the stadium.

Defense lawyer Patrick Brown argued that the incident hadn't been proven to be reckless because there was no evidence that Hopkins "perceived and ignored risk."

Assistant District Attorney G. Michael Drmacich responded that it was obvious Hopkins knew the risk and disregarded it.

Dr. Loubert Steven Suddaby, Bratcher's neurosurgeon, testified that Bratcher, 29, had bulging discs in two places in his cervical spine and a herniated disc in his middle spine. He said if the impact had been only two inches forward, Bratcher could have been killed or left a quadriplegic.


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