John Mara, the nephew of the owner of the NFL Giants, has been arrested. Here’s five facts you need to know about his arrest and his uncle’s reaction to it all.
1. John Mara Is In Trouble For A New Year’s Eve Brawl
John Mara, 22, apparently got into a New Year’s Eve scuffle in Connecticut. CBS News reported that Mara allegedly smashed a bottle over a man’s head, nearly leaving him dead. The unidentified victim had to undergo immediate surgery afterwards. The attack reportedly went down at a party on Fairfield Beach Road on Dec. 31, 2012.
2. He Has Two Charges Against Him
Fairfield authorities arrested Mara last Friday. Police say the arrest was the result of a two-month investigation, which led to Mara turning himself in after learning about his arrest warrant. He has been charged for first-degree assault and breach-of-peace and will be arraigned for both charges on March 8. He’s not facing 20 years in prison if found guilty. Mara has already posted his $150,000 bail.
3. He’s Pleading Not Guilty
Mara has decided to plead not guilty to the charges. His lawyer, William Dow, told the Associated Press:
We’re confident a jury will find him not guilty.
4. He’s Currently in College
Mara currently attends Fairfield University as a senior anthropology and sociology major. A spokesperson for the university, Martha Milcarek, spoke to CBS News about the school’s plans for Mara:
In a situation like this, not only is a student subject to any civil action but there would be an investigation from the standpoint of the school and, pending the outcome, the student would be subject to the disciplinary code of the university.
5. He Comes From a Famous, Distinguished Family
Current owner of the New York Giants John Mara, shares a name with his nephew. His large family includes Hollywood actresses Kate and Rooney Mara.