Two of three men charged in connection with a 2017 assault that left a Utah State University student with significant injuries were recently found guilty and are awaiting sentencing, while the third will be tried later this month.
According to court records, Ricky Ali’Ifua, his brother Demytrick Ali’Ifua, and Aaron Wade were accused of assaulting a man at the Castle Manor in Hyde Park where they provided security during the “Halloween Costume Catastrophe” event in October 2017.
According to a North Park Police report, the alleged victim said he was sucker punched by one of the suspects before the other two jumped in to the fight. The three men allegedly punched him in the head multiple times, leaving him with a concussion and numerous other injuries.
The entire incident was captured on video that was viewed during the June 24 bench trial of Demytrick Ali’Ifua in the Logan City Justice Court.
Judge David Marx heard testimony in the case and found Ali’Ifua guilty of assault and rioting, both class B misdemeanor offenses. Sentencing is scheduled for August 12.
One week earlier, 23-year-old Wade appeared in the Hyde Park Justice Court in a separate hearing where charges of providing false information to law enforcement and rioting were dismissed, and the assault charge was amended to disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor that he pleaded guilty to.
Wade was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with all of that time suspended. He will remain on probation for 12 months, and he is to complete six days of jail diversion before the end of August.
His brother, Ricky Ali’Ifua, was also charged with assault and rioting, and his case is scheduled for a July 22 bench trial before Judge Matthew Lorz.
All three of the suspects have played football at Utah State University, and as of last fall, Wade and Demytrick Ali’Ifua were still on the team while Ricky Ali’Ifua was on the Seattle Seahawks roster.