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Fathers Get Probation Before Judgment in Wicomico Civic Center Fight

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Cellphone video still of Wednesday night's fight outside the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Cellphone video still of Wednesday night's fight outside the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

SALISBURY, Md. – Two New Jersey fathers arrested in mid-July for a fight that occurred outside the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury have each been sentenced to a year of probation before judgment.

Michael Barbella, 48, of Ventnor City, N.J., and Michael John Duffy, 45, of Mays Landing, N.J. on Monday appeared in Wicomico County District Court where they pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. The two other charges filed against them, affray and second-degree assault, were dropped. Both men received a year of probation before judgment. That means if they successfully complete the terms of their probation, it will be cleared from their records. 

The sentences for the two men stemmed from a fight they got into just after 6 p.m. July 16, at the civic center during the opening ceremonies of the USSSA Softball Tournament. 

According to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, by the time a sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene, Barbella was in front of the civic center being treated by EMS workers.

The Sheriff's Office said the investigation revealed Barbella had sent text messages earlier in the day challenging Duffy to a fight. The investigating deputy learned the fight stemmed from a previous dispute that led Barbella to travel to Salisbury to confront Duffy and other parents from a travel softball team, the Sheriff's Office said.

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