LOUISVILLE, KY -- For the third time, supporters of indicted Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson took to the streets. They walked for about an hour in the neighborhood near the high school yesterday, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.
"We were out there to stand up for coach to show the community we support him, and love him," said Krista Phillips, a former athlete at PRP who is a freshman at Hanover College in Indiana.
She said the approximately 200 participants do not want the coach and public to forget about their support for Stinson.
The walk followed vigils last month outside his home and one at the PRP football field.
More than 2,100 people have signed on to a Facebook page supporting the coach, who was indicted Jan. 22 on a charge of reckless homicide in the death of 15-year-old sophomore lineman Max Gilpin, who collapsed from heat stroke at practice. Stinson has been reassigned to non-instructional duties pending the case's outcome.
Experts on sports injuries said it was the first time a criminal charge has been filed in such a case involving a high school or college coach in the United States.
If convicted, Stinson, who is married and has two children, could be sentenced to five years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.
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