Ex-police sergeant gets prison

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former police sergeant convicted of violating the civil rights of a drunken teenager in an assault at a high school football game has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the term Wednesday on Stephen Matakovich, saying his conduct “undermines public confidence” in the good men and women of the Pittsburgh police force.

Authorities said Matakovich twice pushed and then punched 19-year-old Gabriel Despres at Heinz Field, in November 2015.

Matakovich, 48, and his defense attorney asked for probation, saying he had an exemplary career as an officer.

The judge said prison time was called for because Matakovich instigated the confrontation and then concocted a story to cover up what he’d done. She sentenced him to 27 months.