Former Medina youth football coach Michael Butts to serve 6 months in jail, pay restitution

MEDINA, Ohio - The former Medina youth football coach who admitted to stealing from the team will serve a half year behind bars.

A judge sentenced Michael Butts Wednesday to six months in the Medina County Jail, five years probation, 200 hours of community service and restitution of $6,915 to Gridiron Youth Football.

The other remaining victims in the case have 60 days to contact the court about how much they feel is owed to them in restitution.

An exclusive NewsChannel5 investigation by Chief Investigator Ron Regan in May 2011 revealed complaints from parents who questioned how thousands of dollars in cash raised for registration fees and uniforms were being spent.

Butts, the former president and coach of the Medina Bees Youth Football program, initially denied any wrongdoing in an interview but later pleaded guilty to theft charges.

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