Corwin Brown pleads guilty after August standoff

Ex-Notre Dame Football assistant coach Corwin Brown plead “guilty but mentally ill” on charges that he held his wife hostage and struck her in his Granger, Indiana home last August. The incident resulted in a long standoff with St. Joseph County and Mishawaka police outside of his home. Brown released his wife and then subsequently shot himself in the stomach with his handgun.

The prosecution of St. Joseph’s County said that they would not oppose a suspended sentence with Brown being placed on probation. Brown’s family contends that he has suffered brain trauma from his years of playing football at the University of Michigan and in the NFL.

In the courtroom Brown testified that he could not remember what kind of medications he was on and he also testified that he had not kept his wife confined in the house, which caused a short halt in the court proceedings. Brown also said that he could not recall everything that happened during the standoff.

Corwin Brown was an assistant coach under Charlie Weis from 2007-2009, including holding the responsibility of defensive coordinator in 2007. He did return to the team after Weis’ 2009 firing.

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