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Ex-Notre Dame coach Corwin Brown pleads guilty in standoff

Updated: June 28, 2012 10:22AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Former Notre Dame assistant football coach Corwin Brown, who is accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage, has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to confinement and domestic battery charges.

Prosecutors agreed to drop a more serious confinement charge.

St. Joseph County Judge Jane Woodward Miller said Thursday she will decide Aug. 21 whether to accept the deal, which recommends a four-year prison sentence.

Miller told the 42-year-old Brown he could face up to six years in prison.

Corwin Brown’s family says his actions last August leading to a seven-hour standoff with police might stem from brain trauma suffered when he was an NFL defensive back.

The hearing was interrupted for 14 minutes after Brown told Miller he didn’t stop his wife from leaving their house.

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