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Published August 11, 2011, 10:25 PM

Jamestown College Coach Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct, Reinstate as Coach

A Jamestown College wrestling coach accused of firing a gun in his house during a domestic altercation last month pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, according to Southeast District Court.

By: Katie Ryan-Anderson, Forum Communications

JAMESTOWN, ND - A Jamestown College wrestling coach accused of firing a gun in his house during a domestic altercation last month pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, according to Southeast District Court.

Cisco J. Cole, 34, 416 Fourth St. SW, was arrested July 26 after the report of a domestic altercation between Cole and his wife. The couple had been in a verbal dispute when he allegedly picked up a .30-caliber rifle and fired it into the ceiling of a basement bedroom, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

No one was injured, Police Chief Dave Donegan said, but two children, ages one and two, were in the living room directly above the basement bedroom when the weapon was discharged. Two rifles and a shotgun were seized from the residence, police said.

Cole was originally charged with reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor. Disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in prison and a $1,000 fine. Cole has been the head coach for the Jimmie men's wrestling program since 2007. He's also the head coach of the women's program, which started in the 2008-09 season.

The college announced Thursday evening that Cole was reinstated as coach of both the men's and women's wrestling teams.

"The welfare of our students is our top concern," Jamestown College President Dr. Robert Badal said in a press release. "We believe that Cisco shares that concern and is responding as is appropriate." Cole had been suspended with pay during the investigation and Assistant Coach C.J. Campbell had been appointed interim head coach for men's and women's' wrestling. The suspension has been lifted.

"Coach Cole has a history of doing good work for Jamestown College and has had no previous incidents," Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson said in a press release. "We believe he has the support and commitment of our student wrestlers which contributed to the positive outcome of this decision."

Judge John T. Paulson ordered Cole to pay $125 criminal administration fee, $100 defense/facility administration fee and $25 victim-witness fee. Cole was given one year deferred imposition. He is to obtain an evaluation and complete recommended treatment. He is not to posses or own firearms for a year.

If he pays his fines, completes his treatment and has no additional offenses, Cole may also apply for record expungement, meaning the charges can be removed from his public record.

Ryan-Anderson is a reporter at the Jamestown Sun

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