Former local star quarterback Chad Kelly spent 50 hours earlier this year helping maintain the athletic facilities at East Mississippi Community College, after leading its football team to a national championship last year.
During spring break, he will be in Haiti with Hugh Freeze, his football coach at the University of Mississippi, and other volunteers helping the victims of that country’s devastating 2010 earthquake as part of a humanitarian relief program.
The maintenance work at East Mississippi fulfilled the 50 hours of community service that a Buffalo judge ordered when she sentenced Kelly two months ago for a Dec. 21 altercation with bouncers and a confrontation with police.
Kelly quarterbacked the community college’s football team Dec. 6 to the National Junior College Athletic Association title before signing to play at Ole Miss on a football scholarship this year.
The Haiti relief effort is above and beyond the community service requirement.
“He volunteered for it,” said Kelly’s attorney, Thomas J. Eoannou.
Kelly, 20, of Niagara Falls, nephew of Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, started classes at the University of Mississippi in early January shortly after he pleaded guilty in Buffalo City Court to disorderly conduct.
The plea stemmed from the altercation with bouncers outside the Encore bar and restaurant on Pearl Street and a scuffle with police during his arrest.
City Judge Susan M. Eagan sentenced him to a conditional discharge, ordering him to stay arrest-free for a year and comply with several conditions she set.
Besides community service, those conditions included undergoing a drug and alcohol assessment and completing any treatment program recommended.
The judge warned Kelly that if he violated any of those conditions, he could be sentenced to up to 15 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Eagan allowed Kelly to complete his community service in Mississippi and ordered him to report back March 9 on the status of his community service.
Eoannou said he will be in court Monday to report on his client’s work.
Kelly also wrote a letter to the Buffalo Police Department apologizing for his actions when officers arrested him.
Police said Kelly refused to leave Encore at 492 Pearl and punched a bouncer in the face after a male companion was thrown out of the bar and tried to re-enter.
Eoannou said Kelly responded when someone pushed Kelly outside the bar and then swung at him when he pushed back.
Kelly continued to fight with two bouncers, telling them, “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place,” according to a report.
Officers responding to that alleged threat stopped a pickup in which Kelly was a passenger and forcibly removed him.
Police said Kelly kicked and tried to swing at officers as they removed him from the vehicle. They said he resisted getting into a patrol vehicle and struggled with staff at central booking.
Kelly was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and third-degree criminal trespass.
The charges were dismissed after Kelly pleaded guilty to the reduced charge.