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Former Cottonwood star Lynn Katoa sentenced to 4 years in federal prison

Published: Friday, June 21 2013 6:38 p.m. MDT

Cottonwood High School Linebacker Lynn Katoa plays in a game against Murray last season. Michelle Cate for The Deseret Morning News

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BOULDER, Colo. — Former Cottonwood High standout Lynn Katoa was sentenced last Friday to four years in a Colorado federal prison for felony menacing plus 145 days in jail for third-degree assault.

According to police reports, Katoa remained at-large on the Boulder most-wanted list after an incident in January 2011 when he was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, criminal mischief and one count of false reporting to authorities.

On Jan. 9, 2011, a group of friends at a residence in Boulder heard Katoa yelling outside about his lost phone, according to the report. Shortly thereafter, objects were thrown through the windows and shattered the glass. The group exited the premises where Katoa punched a woman in the jaw and began fighting with several members of the group before fleeing the scene.

Katoa was extradited from Utah after a traffic accident in October. In exchange for prosecutors dropping several charges, Katoa pleaded guilty to felony menacing and third-degree assault.

Because he was already serving probation for a previous assault, he faced a mandatory three- to six-year sentence.

Katoa was a five-star football recruit out of Cottonwood but never saw the field at Colorado because of numerous off-field legal problems. Two months after arriving on campus he was arrested for breaking and entering an apartment where he slammed one man’s head through a wall and assaulted another with a rock before throwing him out a window.

He was given a deferred sentence after pleading guilty but failed to report to required substance-abuse treatment and his mandatory hearing. He was sentenced to three years of probation. Then, in July 2009, he was arrested again for head-butting a teammate outside a bar in Boulder and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Katoa was rated as the No. 2 inside linebacker nationally and the 40th overall recruit for the 2008 Class. He held offers from Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Utah before committing to Colorado.

Never having played organized football until his sophomore year, Katoa recorded 364 tackles, 25 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles and blocked five field goals in three years with the Colts.

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