Belardine Sentenced to More Jail Time Following Another Probation Violation

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm


Matthew Belardine appeared before Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Monday afternoon. 

He was sentenced to 102 days behind bars at the Jefferson County Justice Center after admitting to violating his probation for a second time. Belardine was recently arrested for a drunk driving incident in Toronto.

Judge Cosgrove said Belardine has failed to follow all of the written orders by his probation officer, including disobeying curfew, not paying fines and court costs, not performing community service, drinking alcohol and getting arrested.

“You seem to take these proceedings personally like people are picking on you. If you always feel like you’re the victim, then you never have the luxury of never taking responsibility for your decisions and your conduct,” Cosgrove told Belardine.

Angela Canepa, a Special Prosecutor with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, said Belardine believes this is something that happened to him, not something he has done. 

She said on the night of his OVI arrest, Belardine nearly hit a police cruiser and was driving on the sidewalks.

With the jail sentence, Judge Cosgrove said she will not give Belardine another chance to violate his probation.

On Monday afternoon, a judge will hear allegations of a new probation violation against Matthew Belardine.
The former coach, pleaded no contest to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking for his role in the party involved with the Steubenville Rape Case.

His court appearance is set for 2:30 p.m.

Belardine was recently arrested after a drunk driving incident in Toronto, Ohio. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said with the arrested, Belardine violated his probation. He hearing was scheduled by Judge Patricia Cosgrove. 

He was sentenced to two months in jail and one year probation in 2014 after violating his original probation by being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct in Arizona. 

Stay with 7News and for updates on the hearing.

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