Bills fan who fell given more time in court

Robert Hopkins, at a court appearance in Jan. 2014
Robert Hopkins, at a court appearance in Jan. 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo Bills fan who made international headlines when he was caught on camera sliding down a railing at Ralph Wilson Stadium and falling off onto another fan appeared in court on Tuesday

Orchard Park Town Justice Edward Pace agreed to hear motions from 29-year-old Robert Hopkins’ defense attorney on February 25. Prosecutors say they will not offer Hopkins a plea deal. He’s facing charges of second degree reckless endangerment and third degree assault.

The victim’s attorney says they have filed a notice of claim against Erie County and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. A notice is the first step if you want to file a lawsuit. The victim’s attorney says he has been in contact with the insurance company for Hopkins and the private security company at the stadium that day.

The 28-year-old Bills fan looked like he was trying to slide on the railing before tumbling from the 300 level to the 200 level, landing on someone below. The 29-year-old man Hopkins landed on got seriously injured according to the attorney. Hopkins injured his shoulder.

The Bills said Hopkins will never be allowed back into the stadium. His Attorney Jeffrey Bochiechio said, “This was an accident, not a criminal act.  Mr. Hopkins has already apologized to the Bills and the other man involved.”

The victim’s lawyer says his client still has significant head, neck and back injuries and is seeing a therapist, chiropractor and neurosurgeon.

Hopkins faces a maximum of one year in jail for each of the two charges, though they may be served concurrently.

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