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A semiprofessional football player got no special treatment in court today, as he was sentenced to six months in jail for slashing a University at Buffalo student during a rock concert on the school's Amherst campus last fall.

Royce Mitchell, 21, also will be on probation for five years and was ordered not to set foot on either UB campus without the written approval of university security officers.

Herbert L. Greenman, Mitchell's attorney, told State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma that Mitchell attends college, is employed and plays semipro football for a team in Rochester.

But that made no impression on Forma, who said he would have made the sentence tougher, but that the victim, Jose Tejada, a UB sophomore at the time of the stabbing, urged that Mitchell be placed on probation.

"He (Tejada) wanted to put this behind him," Forma said.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to felony assault for the Oct. 28 attack on Tejada during a concert in Alumni Arena.

He said he pulled out a razor blade and slashed Tejada on the back of the head during an argument.

Mitchell was the only one of about a half dozen men who attacked Tejada and the victim's girlfriend to be arrested in the mosh pit by UB security officers, prosecutor John C. Doscher said.

Forma, who could have imposed a prison term of up to seven years, also ordered Mitchell to pay $700 in restitution and to receive mental health treatment if that is deemed necessary.

Greenman said Mitchell's football team sometimes plays at UB and sought permission for the defendant to take part.

Forma said those games will go on without Mitchell unless he receives permission from UB officials.

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