By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun
6:21 PM EST, December 19, 2012
Mark Harvey, who gained brief notoriety for running onto the field at both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, pleaded guilty to two trespassing counts Wednesday and received a short stay in jail.
Reached by phone, Harvey, 26, said he will be able to spend Christmas and New Year's Day as a free man but will have to turn himself in Jan. 4 to serve his sentence. The stay will likely be brief: all but four days of a 180 sentence were suspended and Harvey already served two days at the time of his arrests.
The Severn truck driver also received 18 months probation, a $400 fine, 80 hours of community service and lifetime bans from the two stadiums.
"What I did was wrong and I did break the law so I knew there was going to be consequences," he said. "They wanted to definitely … make an example of me so that nobody else runs on the field."
The State's Attorney's office for Baltimore initially let Harvey go free after he was arrested at the Orioles on opening day in April as a result of a mix up. But after Harvey was arrested again for leaping onto the field during a September Ravens game, charges were eventually filed for both incidents.
"The defendant's conduct is no laughing matter. Jumping out of the stands and onto the playing field risks the safety of fans, athletes, and the many others who work at these facilities," State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said in a statement. "This case should serve as a reminder that such conduct carries criminal penalties and will be taken seriously."
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